2019-06-18 20:38:24 UTC
I suggest you all read it; especially as it relates to the involuntary
nature of rejoining the track:
'Article 27.3 of the Sporting Regulations states: "Drivers will be
judged to have left the track if no part of the car remains in contact
with it and, for the avoidance of doubt, any white lines defining the
track edges are considered to be part of the track but the kerbs are
not. Should a car leave the track the driver may re-join, however, this
may only be done when it is safe to do so and without gaining a lasting
The FIA says that Vettel moving across on Hamilton shows that he did not
One of the key reasons for the FIA stewards coming to this conclusion
was the use of secondary steering wheel movements from the German after
an initial oversteer moment as he rejoined the track.
The argument was that at the moment Vettel was back in control of the
car, rather than steer to the left to give Hamilton room on the right,
it was felt that the German's release of the wheel was a deliberate
attempt to edge wider and block Hamilton.'
Did you get that?
The stewards' argument that they only penalized Vettel because of his
second steering movement proving he was back in control negates the
argument that the rule about rejoining safely applies regardless of
whether it was beyond a driver's control.
There's a lot more.