São Paulo Indy 300
- 5th May 2013, 19:06 at 7:06 pm #236234Craig WoollardParticipant
Useless stat: The only drivers to have been repeat winners in IndyCar and in F1 so far this season have both done Kimi Raikkonen impersonations!5th May 2013, 19:13 at 7:13 pm #2362355th May 2013, 21:05 at 9:05 pm #236236
I only saw the last ten laps which looked great – tough-but-fair racing and a belting pass by James Hinchcliffe. Apparently I missed a lot of cautions though…5th May 2013, 21:08 at 9:08 pm #236237
Here are the highlights from the race:5th May 2013, 21:49 at 9:49 pm #236238
Franchitti’s unhappy with Sato’s defending:
As I understand it in IndyCar drivers are allowed to move off-line to defend if it’s done pre-emptively rather than as a response to a move the driver behind has already made. One of the moves Sato made in response to Newgarden looked like it was reactive to me.
But as I understand it the IndyCar rules don’t forbid drivers using the entire width of the straight to defend, which is what Franchitti’s objecting to. Though as I recall, Franchitti believes drivers shouldn’t be allowed to defend by moving off-line in the first place, which was a rule in IndyCar until a few years ago when they brought in the current rule.
As I write this I see Marco Andretti’s made a constructive contribution to the debate:5th May 2013, 21:59 at 9:59 pm #236239karter22Participant
Wow!!! Incredible racing! I had not realized Indy had these type of races! Amazing stuff!! Props to Takuma!5th May 2013, 22:31 at 10:31 pm #236240Adam BlockerParticipant
Dario better believe they will discuss blocking, especially after his naughty chop on Sato last year.5th May 2013, 22:31 at 10:31 pm #236241Prisoner MonkeysParticipant
Andretti’s comments might be juvenile, but they’re constructive in their own way – listening to drivers quibble over the finer points of rules that are open to a wide degree for interpretation as a way of soothing their bruised egos (and quibbling that is unlikely to come to a resolution at that) sounds like hell to me.6th May 2013, 6:07 at 6:07 am #236242TomakkoParticipant
My problem with Sato’s defending is, that he moved to the right and left a gap between himself and the wall. And when Newgarden respectivly Hinchcliffe went for that gap, he made another move to the right.
That shouldn`t be allowed in my opinion.6th May 2013, 7:29 at 7:29 am #236243AdrianMorseParticipant
Sato’s blocking of Hinchcliffe on the final straight looked like a clever piece of defensive driving by making use of the curves in the straight, as he didn’t have to turn the steering wheel the close the gap between his car and the wall. It reminded me of Gerhard Berger defending from Damon Hill in Hockenheim in 1996:6th May 2013, 9:02 at 9:02 am #236244sushant008Participant
Here’s a fantastic quote from our winner!
I don't always finish races, but when I do, l prefer to win.
— James Hinchcliffe (@Hinchtown) May 5, 20136th May 2013, 9:43 at 9:43 am #236245AdityaParticipant
wow, good manouvre from Hinchcliffe.
pardon me for being dumb (I never really watch Indycar), but does it always run in street circuit? the track looked bumpy as hell.6th May 2013, 9:52 at 9:52 am #236246the_sigmanParticipant
@adityafakhri They have many street races. I can’t understand why the don’t race in COTA, Indianapolis (the F1 layout), Montreal and Interlagos6th May 2013, 12:26 at 12:26 pm #236247EduardoParticipant
Interesting that Hinchcliffe only led the race after last corner to the finish line…6th May 2013, 16:32 at 4:32 pm #236248
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