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April 18, 2010

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Leigh O'Gorman

The white flag in Formula racing means there's a slow moving vehicle (tow truck/safety car) out on track. Hardly ever used though.

Great drive by Button and Petrov today - Vitaly has really stepped up a gear since 2008. A totally different driver now.

Michael's day was a bit... odd. Difficult what to make of his year yet.

bduddy

The white flag can also mean a race car is moving slowly-I've seen it used that way occasionally. On road courses, NASCAR uses a plain blue flag to mean the same thing for some bizarre reason...

S0CSeven

On any road course (except NASCAR) a white flag at a corner means a slow moving race car or emergency vehicle. A white flag at the starters stand means last lap. They do both. Every race car driver in the world can figure that out (except NASCAR).

Major note to the IRL here... THAT's how to broadcast a race!!!!

If it was the IRL we'd have been following the leader lap after lap after lap after lap & everybody would be moaning aboout only 2 passes for the lead & how boring it was.
However, when you follow every car and driver and watch pass setups, passing & strategy & screwups throughout the field the entertainment value is a hundredfold better.

The SPEED crew are outstanding, but the video feed they must follow comes straight from the European directors and those guys & gals know how to make a race interesting.

Watch & learn Indycar.

The Speedgeek

An angry cat? Naw, I think the track looks more like The Cheat:

http://hrwiki.org/wiki/The_Cheat

I'm increasingly convinced that there are no rules in F1. I counted about six things that could have racked up penalties yesterday, none of which has gotten more than a sternly worded warning. Hamilton racing Vettel into pit lane, Hamilton going two-wide down pit lane, Vettel swerving at Hamilton in pitlane, some team (Ferrari, maybe? Red Bull?) having the second driver slow waaaaayyyyy up to avoid stacking up cars in the pit and thereby also delaying the rest of the field (this was explicitly banned a few years ago after teams started doing this to a ridiculous degree), Michael being, um, aggressive out there (as he's been allowed to be his whole career), Alonso passing Massa on the pit in, while shoving Massa onto the grass next to Hamilton Beach...looks like it's all on the table.

This is all well and good until somebody pulls something super-duper-extra shady at Abu Dhabi to win the championship, and then the team can say "well, the FIA can't crack down now, they should have clarified the rules months ago". Then the media and blogosphere (and thereby, the fans) can sit and stew over that for the four month off-season, while they all decide whether to come back to watch professional wrasslin'/racin' the next season. Good times.

The Speedgeek

Oh, and good write-up as always, 'Dog.

Leigh O'Gorman

@Speedgeek,

Could this be the difference between having a driver with the stewards and the previous arrangement or three guys who'd never sat in a racing car before?

I'd agree with most of those penalties, except:
Vettel edging Hamilton in the pitlane (Vettel was within the white lines, whereas Hamilton should never have even been there - penalty for Lewis in my eyes) and;
Michael defending aggressively against Lewis (I personally thought that was brilliant driving and the complete antithesis to what Lewis displayed in Malaysia. Schuey held his line and did not budge or deviate at any point on the straight and forced Lewis wide - in my eyes, that's exactly how it should be done).

The Speedgeek

Leigh,
Yeah, I see your point on both of those. Your point that Hamilton never should have been next to Vettel is completely valid, but that doesn't equate to "swerve slightly toward Lewis to send a message". That was danger on top of danger. Schumacher...yeah, that stuff was just this side of borderline, and I'm probably just biased against Michael.

I don't know what to think about one of the stewards now being an ex-driver. I pretty much think that's a great idea because before, it seemed like the FIA was apt to hand out ticky-tack penalties for every little thing (unless you were driving a Ferrari), but now it seems to be "no blood, no foul". I wish they could find the happy middle ground, but it looks like that's about as likely to happen as Bernie holding a race at Silverstone for no sanction fee.

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