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One incident that seems to have been largely overlooked over the past two race weekends is the issue of boundaries. The track limit is one very contentious part of the rules, where in some places it is overlooked and assumed to be ‘just the done thing’, where as elsewhere drivers are penalised for even the slightest infringement.
The most obvious recent infringement was that of Romain Grosjean, where he overtook Felipe Massa round the outside of turn 4. Massa actually came out after the race in support of the Frenchman, saying he should not have been penalised.
Then there was the incident involving Grosjean and Perez at Spa. Whilst it was slightly unnecessary, it was for the most parts a fair move to defend his position. Unsurprisingly, the Mexican commentators where I was watching the race felt it was unfair, but they did have a point. In both cases, common sense should have been applied if the rules had permitted this. Enter a revolutionary rule change to even out the current regulations.
What if they thought this one through…
Abu Dhabi is often criticised for its docile racing and uneventful processions, in a desert land far removed from the F1 heartland. However, it could be the Yas Marina Track that holds the key to a revision in the rule book.
The (my) revised rules would allow a driver defending him position to defend within the original track limits (the inside lines) without allowing any wheels outside, and a driver trying to overtake as far as the outside lines being required to keep only 2 wheels inside. This would work at Abu Dhabi, which can be seen in the picture below.
If a driver did exceed the track limits, the stewards would be allowed digression to veto anybody who was forced into exceeding the limits. This would ensure a fair situation for all, where common sense would be applied in extreme situations.
Of course this would not work for street circuits like Monaco and Singapore, but this would add to the uniqueness of these tracks further ensuring variety on the F1 calendar. Furthermore, this would mean the newly designed Herman Tilke tracks become part of the new generation of tracks with a completely different style of racing there.
It would be good to hear the views of TJ13 readers, as I feel this is one rule that needs clarification.
On the Up
Usher’s XI and Somers GP both successfully predicted the podium, and managed to move up 21 and 18 places respectively. A correct prediction for 5th place of Mark Webber further helped Usher’s XI’s great week.
One to Forget
A poor weekend for Equine Alpine meant a drop of 20 places. The sight of Kimi Raikkonen retiring must have brought tears to the eyes.
Nobody saw it coming
Once again Lewis was surprised to be on pole. The record is becoming rather boring as they have a clear strategy in practice sessions to not show their true pace. Given their straight line pace, will he be surprised when he takes the pole position ahead of the Red Bulls in Monza?
Food for thought
Force India have clearly lost their pace after the revision to the tyres. The McLaren boys will now cruise to 6th place in the WCC. It’s a great shame after their impressive first half of the season.
The Red Bulls lack straight line speed, so is Monza going to prove tricky for their traditional high down force setup? A tricky choice for pole and the win awaits us all.
In this section there will be a question each week to test your memory from GPs gone by. The idea is not to look it up but see if you can remember it first!
Red Bull Racing can now boast 2 wins at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit. Which other constructors have 2 victories to their name there?
(Answer will be posted in the next Predictor summary)
Last question’s answer
The question was: Which constructor has the most wins at Hungarian GP?
Answer: Of course, the usually ever reliable McLaren have 11 wins in Hungary. Whether they will have a car capable of competing in 2014 there remains to be seen…