Post by Naked Fame Post by Alan Baker
The ONLY driver who fell short of his obligations under the rules in
that incident was Raikkonen. He was the passing driver: he was
obligated to complete the pass safely. He didn't.
Yes, the car being passed is entitled to crash into the car that has
almost completed their overtaking manoeuvre. That much is clear from what
you've now said time and time again. Yet, somehow, if an overtaking car
is "along" the leading car even by a few inches, he is entitled to space.
Honestly, I don't have a clue of how your thought processes work. Then
again, unlike some others, I will not end up with an endless and
fruitless "debate" with you. So, this will be it, at least for now.
Certainly, you'll avoid actually learning anything.
The fact is that the rules of racing come out of the need to try and
avoid collisions. In this, they are very much like the rules of sailboat
In each situation, the drivers involved must know what their
responsibilities are, and like sailing, an overtaking driver is given
the onus of keeping the pass safe in general while the overtaking driver
is only limited from making moves that would force the overtaking driver
off the track or are so abrupt as to make it impossible for the passing
driver to meet his obligations.
Raikkonen had more than a metre of racing surface to the left of his
car. He also had the best view of what was unfolding, and if he had
chosen to move over by as little as perhaps 10" of the nearly 40" he had
available, the incident might have been avoided.
He got it wrong.