This thread is an absolute load of nonsense. I can’t believe people are suggesting that it should be strictly governed how much resistance a driver must put up when a faster driver is behind him. What are we saying here, that every single pass must be investigated by the stewards who have to assess whether they should have defended harder?
What rubbish. Every single driver (with a few possible exceptions) is a human being with a brain in their head, entirely capable of deciding for themselves how hard they want to defend. There are only two reasons why something should be penalised – if it’s dangerous, or if it happens outside of the boundaries of the track. Otherwise, every driver is able to decide what the most appropriate action is in any given situation. Otherwise you’ve got a grid of 24 autonomous robots, just calmly piloting their cars around according to a set of predefined parameters.
I agree that a team should not be able to order another team to hold up their driver. But I don’t think there’s actually any evidence that the drivers at Toro Rosso are ordered to do that. There have been plenty of examples of them not just jumping out of the way, which are conveniently ignored by people who are desperate to prove their point that Red Bull are evil and nasty and please FIA make them go away and let my favourite driver win instead, until he wins to much and we all decide to hate him instead.
This is racing, not WWE – nothing is scripted, and the drivers aren’t obliged to spend half an hour pretending to battle one another just to make it look more exciting. Every driver on the grid is trying to maximise his own performance, and in plenty of situations that involves carefully picking their fights. It reminds me of the European GP, when Maldonado punted Hamilton off the track during a botched overtaking attempt, and suddenly you had all these Hamilton haters coming out trying to say it was Hamilton’s fault and he shouldn’t have been defending his position against a car which was faster than him. People will always try and twist the facts to suit their own motives sadly, rather than looking at each situation objectively. Again, think back to the amount of flack that Petrov got for holding Alonso behind him in 2010, costing Alonso the title. Lots of people with lots of opinions, but ultimately that opinion is informed not by how the sporting rules are being carried out, but rather by how the opinionated person feels about the individuals involved. Is it Vettel? Then BOO HISS WE HATE HIM EVERYTHING HE DOES IS BAD but if it’s a driver they like, then it’s all IT’S PERFECTLY LEGAL SO CASE CLOSED.
Some people argue that being gifted passes ruins the enjoyment of the race. To them I say, which was the more exciting season finale? 2012, where Vettel got some assistance from other drivers, or 2010, where Alonso got none? No, I think that F1 can put on a great show and still have drivers sometimes not putting up a big fight for every position.