Vettel versus Hamilton, and the world of motor sport splits in two. The episode which highlighted a very eventful Baku Grand Prix, has prompted many of Formula One’s protagonists and opinionists to come up with their personalized comment on the facts. In some cases praising, and many others criticizing, the stewards’ manner of sentencing what happened between the two championship contenders. How could I exclude myself from such a succulent opportunity?
To me cause and effect should be treated equally when analyzing the key episode: Lewis did brake test Sebastian applying his own method of restarting the race which in a minor formula would have been sanctioned with no second thoughts. Vettel, on his part, reacted in a childish manner, losing for a sec calm and concentration and showing everyone the wrong side of motor sport. Red card for both, I am totally convinced. As it ended, misfortune and penalties re-balanced the race handing victory to Ricciardo on a silver plate which had no means to get to the top of the podium on his own. And the Australian thanked his two mates with his proverbial, ear-to-ear smile showing on the tv screens around the world the good side of the sport, the one we like.

3 Responses to CAUSE AND EFFECT

  1. Dave Marren says:

    The ‘Red Mist’ factor, Zanza. Both former champions have a petulant streak which surfaces from time to time. It’s no surprise that what happened between them in Baku became the talking point of the race. It provided great copy for the media and headlines around the world. You had to feel a wee bit sorry for Ricciardo whose victory for Red Bull seemed to get well buried in the race reports I read. As to who was to blame, who knows? The Brit media will say the data proves Hamilton didn’t brake-test Vettel. Gary Anderson said Hamilton, despite it being Hamilton’s perogative “to set the pace” behind the pace car, was too slow and with cars running that close it was no surprise Vettel bumped into the back of the Mercedes. Maybe, Vettel over-reacted for which he was found guilty by the race stewards. He served his penalty and that was that, in my book. But for people to slam him as a dangerous driver is just crap. Senna is regarded within the sport as one of the greats despite all his aggressive antics with Prost, some at high speed. Yet you won’t find too many people in the paddock talking about Senna in the same vein as some have done about Vettel side swiping Hamilton at 10 MPH, last weekend!

  2. Mauro Trione says:

    Hamilton conosce tutti i trucchi e Vettel c’è cascato, sbagliando a reagire così. Hai perfettamente ragione, azione e reazione. Anche da parte della direzione gara… chissà perché hanno fermato Vettel solo dopo che Hamilton si è fermato ai box per il problema alle protezioni laterali….

  3. John Welburn says:

    It’s up to the driver behind to position his car so that he can avoid the man in front. Nothing more nothing less. Vettel put them both in danger. Should have had. 20 sec penalty

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