Racing accident – all it will ever be

Welcome to my wordpress page where (from recently) i usually write about my events and notable things in simracing OR my creative side and my videos from everyday life etc. 

Today i will write about, as you could’ve guessed it from the title, about Hamilton’s and Rosberg’s clash in Catalunya for the Round 5 of the 2016 Formula1 season.

I see never-ending debates and people blaming one of the two. Notable champions like Niki Lauda and Sir Jackie Stewart rushed to blame Lewis Hamilton, others like Jacques Villeneuve the champion from 1997 who is also known for his statements, like this one, blames Nico Rosberg. And that goes on and on.
And then i see people making comments, hardly arguments, which are totally incorrect or unimportant, at all!

Anyway, seeing the whole picture of late 2015 and early 2016 i cannot help but think of my simracing experience i had in the finish of 2013 and the start of 2014 Formula1 simracing Championship, when i won it with three races to go, and once i did i couldn’t win in the next nine or first six, although in the process i won six successive poles setting new record. I won’t say what i had to do in order to participate or the amount of money we paid for every race, but certainly we had put lots of effort and lots of mind, you get my point. Once i fulfilled my goal i really didn’t bothered. But i did another thing not being aware of at the time, i underestimated my opponents and even worse i was wrong to think that i could’ve won whenever i simply wanted to. Before one might find this funny, remember this: Racing is state of mind!

Will Buxton in his blog “Rosberg the prisoner” wrote: “The concept of run of form in racing is a strange thing, does it exist? Can it exist? In sport where the individual is an architect of his own fortune, one might imagine that success begets confidence, which in return begets more fortune?” – he is damn right!

At the end of 2015 when Nico Rosberg won the remaining three races, to some it looked like Mercedes played games and decided who is the title winner, literally(which i personally find it stupid) To some others, they thought Nico Rosberg has upped his game(possible) and i(from my exp.), like some others as well… well i just thought he(Hamilton) didn’t really cared. And i still think the same. (Which wasn’t the case with Vettel – difference in characters?)
Just to make a point, Lewis Hamilton is the same in terms of speed but not the same in the terms of mental toughness, you could argue… He won – if i am not mistaken, if i am please correct me – every pole position in the quals that he drove this year without any mechanical problem on his car. He has beaten Rosberg on a day when you need to be fast, he is faster. He has still that same desire to win like he did when he sat for the first time in F1 car, but race day comes, the anxiety the rush and the need to perform, to him now, as he waits longer and longer they are greater and greater, thus making it harder. He is and will be if this continues, more prone to mistakes or rushed actions, like the one we saw in Catalunya, not necessarily meaning he will be worse all in all. Early winning can settle him down, otherwise…it will be hard. But, he underestimated Rosberg. He thought he could beat him easily, and suddenly he sees he cannot do that as easy as he thought he could. Problems? Form or confidence?

Emotions like Sir Jackie Stewarts says, play very big role in racing, and i personally have felt that as well, because if otherwise he pressed PAUSE for 2/10 of a second he could’ve done things differently and benefited more. But for that … like Ayrton Senna said: “To win a championship you need more than anything a very clear mind to understand exactly when is the moment to be aggressive, when is the moment to be calculative, when is the moment to give everything you have, when is the moment to hold everything you have for another opportunity. That’s the difference between winning and losing”

Hamilton won the pole, and lost the lead of the race in Turn 1. Again and again. On the exit of Turn 3 he had, like facts said, 17km/h bigger speed than Rosberg at the moment, which was as a result of Rosberg’s wrong engine mode and Hamilton might saw that as well from the flashy on the rear of Rosberg’s car you could say – anyway he felt it first hand! Hamilton after all the troubles he was into from the moment he won the third title, this was no brainer to him whether he should attack or not. He goes flat-out to attack and seize the opportunity. He does so, and he seemed to have had a clear mind about it, but so had Rosberg. The difference was the speed.

Rosberg seeing the problem in which he was he reacted to it and I BET without even seeing was Hamilton going left or right (he was slower as a fact and it was naturally to defend) he went right thus to the inside of the following corner, making it harder for Hamilton to pass from the outside. On the picture below both cars are almost 100% one behind each other in line and from the position of the camera put in the cars, i’d even say that Hamilton is perhaps far on the left than Rosberg is. Look at the steering wheel of Rosberg. He is turning right.


Rosberg leads the Championship. In case of a crash between both, who is going to lose more, Rosberg or Hamilton? Rosberg knows this, Hamilton as well, but to Hamilton this is not going to be a crash, he is way faster. And after all those struggles he wouldn’t sit another race behind Rosberg, he is anxious and he needs to prove to himself, for him it was “now or never” and emotions played their part as well. Anyway he did nothing wrong if you ask me, it was very normal thing to do. Obvious thing. Rosberg knew he was going to attack, but not important where, he went right. When Hamilton turned into right and that GAP we all see in the inside, will vanish before you can blink an eye. It was Rosberg’s luck that Hamilton wasn’t faster enough to place alongside him earlier before he was into the grass.

In F1 rules, black is black and white is white. You could argue that he was alongside him, but he wasn’t.


At this point Hamilton must have had realized he misjudged the situation(the speed therefore the aggressive attack on the inside which was far on the right than was the left side would he have chosen that one), and Hamilton fans “somehow” realized that Rosberg had to leave space because he was “alongside him”- his front wheels are far from matching Rosberg’s rears, and till now i haven’t heard of a rule about the wing. I personally think that the wing plays no part in this case, that’s nice rime! Wheels is what matters. And his wheels are not alongside his, point(see picture) at which he realized he has nowhere to go. He has few options and one very reasonable: back off! But, emotions…

It’s an racing accident and all it will ever be! Hamilton fans blame Rosberg and the opposite. If you want so much, there might be someone to be blamed after all, but only if you are the shareholder of Mercedes or Toto Wolff etc etc and your concern is Mercedes. You could say that at fault was Rosberg. He was in the lead and had the right to defend said Niki Lauda and he is correct but at what cost? Did he cared by going safe? (Since we confirmed by now that the emotions of Hamilton who drove him there in first place are basically because of the big gap in speed, made his move, it’s normal). Nope, he didn’t. He blocked (not pushed) Hamilton very aggressively, even if that meant Hamilton out in the grass, second later both cars out. Like i’ve said, the only luck is that Rosberg was fast enough to hold Hamilton behind till the point he was already out in the grass. Had that happened before, and accident happened, Rosberg would’ve had hard time in the aftermath.

From seeing on the video or analyzing pictures it’s very easy to say what one should do. But when you are in that car going with +250km/h and you are in the situation Hamilton is, with the cars that are not allowing easy overtaking on track, approaching the leader of the championship and your direct opponent that fast meant one thing – the thing Hamilton did. But if anyone wanted to escape it, it had to be Rosberg because he was way slower. Your initial thought is that “i am slower i don’t need to put the team at risk, let him go” no. By all means he closed the door to Hamilton and played in his own benefit. If anyone is guilty for Mercedes, that is Rosberg, not Hamilton. Otherwise it’s nothing more but a several issues combined that led to the crash, which happened to be an racing accident by few inches. Did he calculated or not, Rosberg has proven us here that he isn’t going to be beaten just like that and this year Hamilton, with the attitude he has in the moment and in the situation he is, he needs to move mountains and bring out the best of him in order to have a chance in beating him.


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