>On Sun, 03 Aug 2003 19:29:42 +0100, Treebeard
>>On 03 Aug 2003 13:53:42 GMT, Matt Pope
>>>... but this is a tactic we've seen employed before at the start. Giving
>>>the opponent a slight squeeze to get the opponent to back off and/or move
>>>over. However, the mitigating factor was Raikonnen being on the outside of
>>>I'm not defending the move, indeed, this is evidence as to why there should
>>>be a stop put to it, particularly by MS. Ralf, as usual, can't quite
>>>imitate his brother and gets the squeeze all wrong.
>>If Rubens had got a better start or had backed off when squeezed, it
>>wouldn't have happened. If Kimi hadn't made a storming start, it
>>wouldn't have happened. If Ralf hadn't drifted left, it wouldn't have
>>happened. Racing incident. Ralf didn't know Kimi was coming up fast on
>>the other side. Sorry. Must stop talking sense...
>IMHO Kimi only made a slightly better start than Rubens. Kimi was
>slightly ahead of Rubens, the guy who started in front of him and
>Rubens was almost parael with Ralf, who started in front of him. I
>would not call that a poor start by Rubens. Ralf yes!
Not sure what you mean by "parallel" - but when Ralf started drifting to
the left, Rubens was still behind and when they finally made contact, Ralfs
rear wheel hit Rubens front. Rubens had plenty of time to back out of the
accident. He was actually the only one who had that option - Ralf didn't
know that Kimi was left of Rubens and Kimi couldn't see Ralf moving over.
Still, I think the stewarts decision to punish Ralf is ok - won't stop people
from moving around on the start, but makes them suffer the consequences
when things go wrong.
Two things are still funny: When Ralf got his flying lesson at Australia
last year, it was still his fault, according to rasf1 majority opinion -
Second, what was it with Ferraris start? The McLarens, Renaults and Toyotas
came flying past left and right. At first I thought that maybe they were
running much heavier, but that didn't seem to be the case. Is their launch
control that pathetic or is this another of Michelins many advantages?