Post by geoff
Odd maintaining that he had rejoined the track safely, when he came back
on at far too sharp an angle, requiring too much width of the track to
straighten up to facing the right direction.
... unfortunately directly to the spot where RAI was legitimately
heading to, if not already at.
Should have cut across more of the green and come back on at a more
That's exactly my take on it. And I find it odd that none of the
commentators (on Ch4) and the podcast (BBC Chequered Flag) seemed to see it
He came onto the track at 90deg to the racing line in an F1 car which has
a large turning circle on a narrow track. There was no way he should have
expected Kimi to have been anywhere other than where he was on track,
and with the move that Max made Kimi was always going to stay on the outside
rather than t-bone Max as he came back on.
In his rush to make sure he wasn't penalised for trying to hold onto the
spot after making the error and "short cutting" the chicane, he instead
made matters worse.
(Though in hindsight, 5 seconds plus points meant he stayed in 3rd, whereas
had he had to cede to Kimi perhaps the outcome might have been different?)