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Andrew Benson, BBC wrote:McLaren have parted company with the man who was employed to run their Indycar program.
Among the myriad problems that afflicted them was the fallout from a decision early in the programme to build their own steering wheel. These house electronic read-outs and several controls for the car, and most Indycar teams buy them in from British company Cosworth. When McLaren realised they had run out of time to do their own before starting testing, they ordered one from Cosworth, but when it arrived it did not have any gear-change paddles. When McLaren asked why, they were told they had not ordered them.
Jenna Fryer wrote:The Carlin spare car was in a paint shop 30 minutes from the track, more than a month after McLaren complained about the color, and it ultimately cost McLaren almost two full days of track time. The team looked foolish as other teams were able to move into backup cars in mere hours; James Hinchcliffe crashed in Saturday qualifying and was back on track in his spare that afternoon.
Mario Andretti, former F1 world champion wrote:I think the function of the stewards is to penalize flagrantly unsafe moves not honest mistakes as result of hard racing. What happened at #CanadaGp is not acceptable at this level of our great sport. @F1
Nigel Mansell, former F1 world champion wrote:Very very embarrassing. No joy in watching this race, two champions driving brilliantly, will end in a false result.
Sebastian Vettel, former F1 world champion wrote:"I had nowhere to go. Seriously, I had nowhere to go," he said. "I did see him. "Where the hell am I supposed to go? I have grass on my wheels. If he had gone to the inside, he could have gone past me. I am focused, but they are stealing the race from us!"
He later added: "You need to be an absolute blind man to think you can go through the grass and then control the car," he said. "I was lucky I didn't hit the wall. Where the hell am I supposed to go? "This is a wrong world, I tell you. This is not fair."
When told by Ferrari to calm down, he said: "I am not staying calm. This is not fair. It is not fair. I'm angry ... and I have the right to be angry. I don't care what people say."
After the race, Vettel opened his radio channel to say, "No, no, no, guys, not like that. "You need to be an absolute blind man to [make this decision] ... to go through the grass and then control your car. This is a wrong world. This is not fair. Where the hell was I supposed to go?"
The footage clearly captures Vettel correcting an oversteer moment as he rejoins the track – which is shown by a sharp steering wheel movement to the right by the German.
Shortly after that, however, Vettel has dispatched the oversteer and begins steering to the left to follow the direction of the circuit - suggesting he is now under control.
But a split moment later, rather than keeping to the left, Vettel is shown to release the steering wheel which allows his car to drift to the right – cutting off the route that Hamilton would have taken had he had clear space.
The movement to straighten the wheel, which put Vettel into the path of Hamilton, is believed to be key to the unanimous decision by the stewards to punish Vettel.
superjawes wrote:I just think there has to be a smarter way of handling this, resulting in a better experience for everyone.