F1: Pub Talk – Maldonado vs Hamilton
And things to muse.
While stewards decide
Which driver will lose
Kicking back at your local watering hole with your mates slinging back a cold pint of suds and discussing the last F1 race. Sure sounds like a great way to cap off a Sunday. That is of course, until politics and opinions make a likely appearance.
Many of you reading this have most likely watched the European GP and have formed an opinion on the incident involving Pastor Maldonado and Lewis Hamilton.
Right or wrong, we all have an opinion. We form one almost immediately and is usually swayed by our loyalty towards a driver or team. Rarely do we take the objective stance that stewards and journalists are sworn to take before coming to a conclusion. We are quite reactive in nature after all.
Such must have surely been the case when in the later stages of the race, Pastor and Lewis came together as they fought for the final podium step. Hamilton was clearly struggling for grip and Pastor could smell blood and repeatedly hounded the McLaren driver and finally pounced. Hamilton refused to roll over and die as the two scrapped through the twisty bits.
The end result was a collision that left former champion Lewis Hamilton’s MP4-27 crippled and immobilized against the wall. The frustrated Brit slammed his steering wheel in disbelief before ripping it off and hurling out of the cockpit. Hamilton’s race was over and his position in the drivers standings was certainly going to suffer. As tight as things are this season, a DNF can really change the championship landscape.
Pastor Maldonado went on to claim 10th but was later relegated to 12th after incurring a post race 20 second penalty. FIA stewards deemed the Williams driver to have ‘failed to rejoin the track in a safe manner.’ Subsequently, Hamilton was not handed any penalty for his part in this incident.
The “talking” point of contention comes when some argue that it should have been Hamilton to receive the penalty. While most were calling for a price to be put on Maldonado’s head, some argued that the incident was actually caused by Hamilton as he shut the door and left the Venezuelan no room or choice. Given the ambiguous nature of the situation, one might argue that it should have been ruled a racing incident and left alone. Then there are those that say that Lewis had lost grip and brought it on himself because his ego would not let him just settle for fourth. Before you start your next pint…what’s your verdict?
Author: Ernie Black