Jolyon Palmer column: Charles Leclerc win at Monza leaves Formula 1 in a tangle

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By Jolyon Palmer
Former Renault motorist and BBC Radio 5 Live commentator
Former F1 driver Jolyon Palmer, who abandoned Renault throughout the 2017 season, provides analysis and insight from the point of view of the competitors and is a part of the BBC staff.
Charles Leclerc drove superbly on Sunday to win the Italian Grand Prix – for forcing Lewis Hamilton off the road at the second 30, but that must happen to be nominated.
The fact Leclerc got away with this has abandoned human body the FIAthe race stewards along with the race manager in an uncomfortable Rubik’s cube of a tangle.
Let us start with the truth.
Leclerc forced Hamilton off the street in the braking zone for the chicane on lap 23, as Hamilton tried a move. This is undeniable.
Hamilton kicked up the grass in his evasive action the Ferrari moved across, and was made to reduce the chicane and left handed behind as.
Primarily, this is not reasonable racing out of Leclerc. The rules dictate that in these situations drivers need to leave a car’s width of space due to their opponents, especially in the flying areas, where they are in full charge of their car’s positioning, unlike at the apex or departure, where little slides can cause them to deviate from their initial and intended trajectory.
Leclerc moved to the right while he was braking and pressured Hamilton off the road. Hamilton could not do anything about it, other than to wreck with Leclerc or to move off and cut on the corner , as he could not back out from alongside the Ferrari guy and had been on the limitation of the wheels. Nor should he have needed to.
This past year, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was penalised five minutes to get an infringement on Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas in Monza at turn , and it also cost the Dutchman a podium.
With Leclerc, though, that the FIA introduced rather than keeping things constant, its measure. The black-and-white warning flag was instead shown by them .
Race director Michael Masi likens this to a yellow card into football; but it nothing more than a slap on the wrist.
The race stewards are at liberty to explore any incident, irrespective of whether Masi employs the shameful flag. But in this case they took no actions.
This has been seen by Many as the stewards bottling it against a race-leading Ferrari, with a enormous choice, in Monza, surrounded by 100,000 or Italian lovers wearing red. Mercedes team manager Toto Wolff and also hamilton made a stage following the race.
In my opinion, the conclusion was clear-cut. As it might have ruined the race, so the rules are the rules, much as I did not wish to see a penalty and they must be adhered to.
In the minute Raheem Sterling is brought down in the penalty area and That can be F1’s equal of Manchester City being 0-0 together with Crystal Palace and that the underdogs also have a man.
Sure, it ruins the game cut back Palace to ten guys and to give City the punishment, but those are the rules. You can not do it as everyone wants to see a more game for the 30 minutes.
And you especially can not not give it their 25,000 fans from the crowd will be miserable and since the sport is at Crystal Palace.
I found it uncomfortable watching Masi trying to explain the situation.
He explained this grim warning flag’s revival was a step caused at the request of drivers and their teams to allow for tougher racing.
However, what precedent does this set?
It means motorists are potentially permitted to commit 1 offence in a race and eliminate it. What type of racing is all that going to produce? And is that fair or moral?
Verstappen got off with a dubious move on Leclerc back and it has set a precedent for pushing drivers. But Verstappen’s situation was much easier to defend than that individual from Leclerc.
It might seem drivers are now allowed to force off each other to the outside in front of a corner because Leclerc was given just a warning.
If that is the case, there is a threat that the times of an overtake around the outside are well and truly over, unless your car is pretty much entirely ahead before actually getting into the corner.
Masi subsequently went on to describe a further reason Verstappen could have been and Leclerc maybe not this season was because that there was contact and there wasn’t.
On the surface of it, that makes some sense. But in reality there was only no touch this time last year than Bottas failed in his place because evasive actions was taken by Hamilton.
Actually, Bottas had more space compared to Hamilton did last year; he didn’t budge and the episode ended in touch.
That leads me to the upcoming problematic situation – drivers might go looking for a little bit of contact on the outside, simply to prove to the FIA the complete clear, and therefore receive a penalty for the aggressor who is obviously contravening the principles.
With safety coming back following the passing of Anthoine Hubert in Belgium beneath F1 nose, exactly what sort of a statement is this?
It seems totally reckless or idiotic, or even both.
Wolff made this point.
Asked when the black flag encouraged drivers taking additional liberties and started a can of worms, then he explained:”There will be more touching. It will be more of a practice. My view is that it will go to the stage that it will wind up in a collision and then we’ll bale out again”
Wolff is completely right. Passengers will always do everything they can to gain an advantage, regardless of what’s at stake. If suddenly they can get away with pushing against another driver off the track once they’ll get it done. And if for another driver it’s beneficial to have a tap with the vehicle next to you, it will be looked for by them.
The next issue using all the black flag is whether even just a yellow card for that offence, or even it a card that is simply? The FIA claims that the former – that some driving offence that is new would depend.
Leclerc’s second on-the-edge move came after, under further pressure out of Hamilton, he cut off the chicane at turn 1 and then meandered the curved up straight from Curva Grande, with a surprising jink to the abandoned as Hamilton appeared to have a run on him.
Hamilton lost his momentum and supported out, and another prospect of a movement was halted by the competitive defence of Leclerc.
This moment, the actual cutting of the corner (that was researched ) was nice – Leclerc rejoined and clearly didn’t gain an edge.
Nevertheless, the sudden chop upon the nose Hamilton throughout the apartment out Curva Grande corner (that was not researched ) was again right on the limit.
In isolation I likely could see this being permitted, as the lines the’ straight’ blurs somewhat. However, with the black-and-white flag deployed’s background, this was possibly .
The problem to me is the stewarding is inconsistent – a stage Hamilton made following the race.
The stewards have a tricky job to do, they take it and they attempt to do it as best they could. But at times it may feel like decisions aren’t based on racing, but about this decision’s popularity with all the masses.
Back in China,” Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat – nicknamed’the torpedo’ following a series of incidents a few years back – was passed a whopping drive punishment in China for what appeared to be a pure racing episode when he collided with McLarens on the opening lap.
Can Leclerc have received the exact same penalty? I doubt it.
The simple fact is, Leclerc is a driver that is really common. In reality, I’ve never known a and currently race-winner compared to the Monegasque driver within my own time. Has in addition to the fact that he pushes a red car, that, had a bearing on the result this weekend?
Back in Canada, I applauded the FIA for sticking to the guns – and the rulebook – when committing Sebastian Vettel a penalty for a violation of principles when he rejoined the trail after going off and impeding Hamilton.
But since the demand from the teams and drivers to’let them race’ – that can be popular with the fans – has resulted in a problematic situation where it’s tough to predict what their next choice is going to be, and where consistency can seem to be in short supply.
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