Post by larkim
The only thing I'd qualify is that in a bone dry race, with no issue of
oil on the surface etc, VSC ought to allow a crane on the runoff area
with the best drivers in the world circulating at ponderous speeds.
Bianchi was in the gloom, wet and they were still going at a pace to try
to catch the SC.
Equally, I can see why they'd err on the side of caution - but that being
the case, I'd almost argue that there is no point at all to VSC if the
race control are going to be so ultra-cautious about it.
Once SC signal is thrown all cars have to "reduce speed", but the rules are
fairly vague ("All competing cars must reduce speed and form up in line behind the safety car") which isn't dissimilar to what the VSC rules say,
though obviously the VSC rules impose mandatory timings too ("All competing
cars must reduce speed and stay above the minimum time set by the FIA ECU at
least once in each marshalling sector and at both the first and second
afety car lines")
So it seems to me that SC is potentially more dangerous in that a car could
be compliant coming to that corner where the crane is and yet still have
"reduced speed" in line with the rules, even though their speed remains
I don't think there is a foolproof solution, but I just think that they
take what might look like "stronger" action now when any element of risk
I think that there is no perfect solution. All drivers want to minimise
the cost of all of these situations (whether a yellow flag or a safety
car), not least because of the fear that someone else might benefit
more/be penalised less.
If VSC is potentially more safe than SC, the double waved yellows
*should* be safer still. Bianchi should have been slowing and prepared
to stop. But I'm not sure the VSC *is* safer, at least not once the
train has formed. I can see how up to that point, there is more formal
focus on speed with clear deltas set. Similar deltas are monitored
during SC periods as I understand it.
I think the general view is that in terms of enforced slowing - at least
once the train has formed - the SC is the gold standard. Any breach at
that point would require overtaking which is very clear and easy to
As a result, I think they are choosing VSC over double waved yellows,
and SC over VSC. In particular where there is a risk involving
maneuvring heavy equipment at the edge of fast corners, I think they
want to not only be cautious, but be seen to be cautious.
Post by larkim
Anyway, either way once the VSC or SC signal was shown, Bottas was screwed
in terms of the win given his pitstop offset with Hamilton.
Some you win...