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Verstappen-Ricciardo crash was a racing incident – Sirotkin

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In the round-up: Sergey Sirotkin gives his verdict on the race which put both Red Bull drivers out of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

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“A misjudgement between both” – Sirotkin
Sirotkin, who retired early from the race, was asked for his verdict on the collision between Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo.

I saw it from onboard on Max’s camera. It didn’t look like he moved much under braking. From his point of view it looked like it was kind of correct.

We all know on the rules if you move there you cannot move back and blah, blah. It was much less of a movement than would be enough to say that he went over the limit, but enough movement to make confusion for Daniel.

Obviously in such high speed it’s also very bumpy so you can hardly see where you brake and so on. Obviously [Ricciardo] was confused right in the crucial moment before the braking, he couldn’t do anything more from there onwards.

I’m sure there will be many people who say one of them is completely responsible but in person I just think it’s a racing incident. Such a tricky track, such tricky weather, a misjudgement between both.

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  • 38 comments on “Verstappen-Ricciardo crash was a racing incident – Sirotkin”

    1. Thanks to F1’s new and freshly punished rookie, we have the definitive analysis of Max and Danny’s incident.

      Is he angling for a race steward position next year? Or is this a really slow F1 news day?

      1. Douglas Chigudu
        3rd May 2018, 0:56

        “Oh by the way, and in case u were wondering, I might just be looking for a better seat for myself in F1, so what better way than to see no evil and hear no evil. Catch my drift????” …Sergay (longnose) Sirotkin

      2. i mean, he was asked for his opinion (or how it is put, his verdict), and he gave it. What would have liked for him to say?

        1. Ideally, for him to say..”As a rookie Pay Drive, I’m not qualified to give a definitive opinion. Now ask me about my penalty.”

          Or just not to be the headline at racefans on a slow news day.

          1. He’s at least as qualified as us fans to give his opinion imho

            1. ColdFly (@)
              3rd May 2018, 7:47

              Realist 1: cynic 0 ;-)

            2. Well then…must ask Keith to stop putting our definitive comments in article headlines. And personally, will lobby the F1 media to stop pestering me with inane questions on slow news days

    2. They should have thrown a red flag for the Gross-jeans incident! I agree with the social media post. We woulda had give or take five more racing laps of what was an awesome GP.

    3. Regarding the COTD: It’s ‘ subtropical,’ not ‘sun-tropical.’

      1. I’m sure Suntropical is a beverage brand somewhere ;)

        1. Dietrich Mateschitz thanks you for giving him a new flavor, @jeff1s

    4. I saw it from onboard on Max’s camera. It didn’t look like he moved much under braking. From his point of view it looked like it was kind of correct.

      Well he is correct in as far as it didn’t look like he moved much. But the thing is that shot from inside Verstappens car doe not show the initial move to the right. The part move to the left ( just enough to block Ricciardo) looks minor but turns out to be significant.

      1. The part move to the left ( just enough to block Ricciardo) looks minor but turns out to be significant.

        Exactly. Riccardo was doing 340kph at that point, even a minor second movement would be enough to throw him off. The rule is clear for a reason…you can’t move twice when defending position. From the moment Verstappen moved back to the left the crash was inevitable…

        1. Thank you.

        2. Great video, thanks for sharing

    5. Perez is very good at doing what he did in Baku, which is to say patiently laying in wait for a podium to fall to him. But while that works wonders in a midfield team, occasionally picking up the scraps left when the big 3 stumble, I just can’t in all honesty rate him up with the top 6 drivers on the grid, and I’m not even sure the top 10.

      1. he has also being the top of the rest last 2 years, its not just fortune on those podiums. He has been 7th in points last 2 years, his consistent has to tell something.

        1. 7th in the 4th best car that was in a performance gulf between 3rd and 5th best cars

    6. I saw it from onboard on Max’s camera. It didn’t look like he moved much under braking

      That’s because the F1 steering wheel is insanely responsive at those speed, you only need the minimum input in order to completely change direction and you don’t have to fight the steering wheel as well. Max did actually weaved 2 times to defend his line which is against the regulations and he did move in the braking zone which is very dangerous and was banned by the F1 because of Verstappen himself.

      1. For everyone that keeps saying you can’t move twice: Keep updated on the ‘latest’ news…. Same source as @Tifoso1989: https://www.bbc.com/sport/formula1/39362780

        Also in the Formula1 – Sporting regulations – 2018 ( https://www.fia.com/file/64928/download/20784?token=z2tsV81N) this is what’s actually said about driving. Basically the catch-all rule is 27.4. The stewards don’t seem to think that the particular rule predominantly applied to Verstappen. So it’s time to move on and get over it.

        27) DRIVING
        27.1 The driver must drive the car alone and unaided.
        27.2 Drivers must observe the provisions of the Code relating to driving behaviour on circuits at all times.
        27.3 Drivers must make every reasonable effort to use the track at all times and may not deliberately leave the track without a justifiable reason.
        Drivers will be judged to have left the track if no part of the car remains in contact with it and, for the avoidance of doubt, any white lines defining the track edges are considered to be part of the track but the kerbs are not.
        Should a car leave the track the driver may re-join, however, this may only be done when it is safe to do so and without gaining any lasting advantage. At the absolute discretion of the race director a driver may be given the opportunity to give back the whole of any advantage he gained by leaving the track.
        27.4 At no time may a car be driven unnecessarily slowly, erratically or in a manner which could be deemed potentially dangerous to other drivers or any other person.

        1. I Totally agree to this. Time to move on and get over it. Come on guys.

          1. So when Danny does the same thing to Max one day, and they crash, no one will complain, right?

            1. @greenflag
              Hahaha, only the dutchies are telling us to “get over it and move on” and in the meanwhile come up with all sorts of crazy excuses for the regulations’ breach of their idol, time and again. Let’s wait and see indeed, for the day the tables turn.

    7. Waiting for a BT64(B?) with downforce-generating blowers

    8. Why do people seem to forget Perez was in McLaren? Are they not a ‘top team’?

      1. They were… long time ago.

        1. He was in Hamiltons seat the year after Hamilton could have taken the championship with them.

      2. No they dont forget, mclaren chose wrongly.

    9. What is Sirotkin talking about? It’s clear that Max moved underbreaking. Also he’s wrong stating that it’s against the rules. That was cleared last year I think. It’s against good judgement but it’s not illegal. I don’t understand why Sirotkin would come out saying all of these.

    10. We all know on the rules if you move there you cannot move back and blah, blah. It was much less of a movement than would be enough to say that he went over the limit, but enough movement to make confusion for Daniel.

      That’s exactly why weaving is not allowed!

      It’s not how much Verstappen moved, it’s the fact THAT he clearly moved right and after that he’s not allowed to switch directions yet again.

      There was no possible result other than a crash when he did that anyway.

      1. Could you please copy/paste that rule about weaving here…?

        Right…there’s no such rule.
        Even the ‘one defensive move’ speaks about a defensive move and a a move back towards the racing line (two moves)

        1. Sonsofbeaches
          4th May 2018, 5:09

          “Overtaking, according to the circumstances, may be carried out on either the right or the left.
          A driver may not deliberately leave the track without justifiable reason.
          More than one change of direction to defend a position is not permitted.
          Any driver moving back towards the racing line, having earlier
          defended his position off-line, should leave at least one car
          width between his own car and the edge of the track on the approach to the corner.
          However, manoeuvres liable to hinder other drivers, such as deliberate crowding of a car beyond the edge of the track or any other abnormal change of direction, are strictly prohibited. Any driver who appears guilty of any of the above offences will be reported to the Stewards.”
          &/or
          “Causing a collision, repetition of serious mistakes or the appearance of a lack of control over the car (such as leaving the track) will be reported to the Stewards and may entail the imposition of penalties up to and including the exclusion of any driver concerned.”

          1. “More than one change of direction to defend a position is not permitted.
            Any driver moving back towards the racing line, having earlier
            defended his position off-line, should leave at least one car
            width between his own car and the edge of the track on the approach to the corner.”

            Right… there’s no ‘weaving’ in here, plus, what is the definition of ‘More than one change of direction’ when ‘moving back towards the racing line’ is included in this rule.

            I think that’s the whole discussion, is one defensive move a move to one direction or a move to one direction and back to the racingline, on top, the racingline is not defined. The FIA removed this line from their site (hours after the incident) and is only found in the Apendixx… if you care to invest some time.

            Point is the way Verstappen defended is up for debate, but while we discuss this, some like to forget there was a second driver in the mix… “Causing a collision, repetition of serious mistakes or the appearance of a lack of control over the car” applies on Ricciardo. Being close behind Verstappen, Ricciardo lost all controle in a way which was unacceptable for the stewards as well.

            1. Sonsofbeaches
              4th May 2018, 10:45

              Ric certainly threw a dummy (as he was entitled to) that Ver went to cover off before making his second move back to the inside – the weave. The stewards generally like to avoid intra team problems and Redbull quickly pre-empted their decision. I’d say they hid behind the “wholly at fault” clause in the regs rather than go down the same rabbit hole discovered at Spa.

    11. Re: the Red Bull incident, besides the double change of direction, why in the heck was Verstappen fighting tooth and nail for 4th place against his teammate? Isn’t that really the question?

      Re: COTD. The unsophisticated Indiana crowd packed the place for F1 seven years in a row – even after the 2005 debacle. The fact that it was a crappy track wasn’t the fans fault.

    12. Martijn (@)
      4th May 2018, 12:35

      I love the Max bashing. Just confirms he’s on the right path..
      People have very short lived memories..

      Niki Lauda
      “What Hamilton did there goes beyond all boundaries”. “He is completely mad. If the FIA does not punish him, I do not understand the world anymore. At some point, there has to be an end to all the jokes. You cannot drive like this – as it will result in someone getting killed.”

      Jackie Stewart
      “Lewis is having too many collisions with too many drivers, and he can’t blame the stewards, because there is a different set at every race.
      “I’m a great supporter of Lewis, but I think he’s hiding under blinkers at the moment. You can’t keep going for gaps that don’t exist, and if he’s blaming the car and the team, that’s just unprofessional. No driver had the perfect car.”

      Stirling Moss
      “Lewis is going a bit too far in some cases, his handling of himself is not that good. His father is no longer his manager, which is a problem. If they could get together, it would be a good thing.”

      Mark Webber
      “clumsy, I think he thought the chequered flag was in Turn Three”

    13. Racing incident, Sergey? Nuh-uh.
      This collision was like losing 4-0 to Sauber leading to the Red Bull manager getting sacked.

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