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  1. Looked like Biadasz, Looney, Martin on the right side there. Is that what I saw?
  2. Merc definitely need to shore up their strategy department. They have dropped the ball on multiple occasions. Their wherewithal of “can we do this or not” is very, very lacking.
  3. I know where he was. I literally posted all of the information. The problem is that Masi is not good/consistent at writing his event notes. He unintentionally allowed this to happen by not actually defining the practice start area outside of “right hand side after pit exit lights” and the other items I mentioned above. Then, the stewards assumed that a clearly defined area/rule was broken (lazy stewarding is another issue altogether). I do agree with you that it was the intent of Masi to not allow them where Lewis did them, but that’s not how he wrote it, which is why Toto and Merc had a good argument. That’s all. Kind of a spirit of the law vs letter of the law thing, which we are all too familiar with in F1.
  4. Nope. The fast lane is the main lane of travel that is measured for pit lane speed in the pit lane area itself. It separates where the actual pit work is done and where the cars travel down the pit lane. Pit entry and pit exit are their own defined areas. From the sporting regs: 28.1 The section of track between the first safety car line and the beginning of the pit lane will be designated the “pit entry”. 28.2 The section of track between the end of the pit lane and the second safety car line will be designated the “pit exit”. 28.3 At no time may a car be reversed in the pit lane under its own power. 28.4 The pit lane will be divided into two lanes, the lane closest to the pit wall will be designated the "fast lane" and may be no more than 3.5 metres wide, the lane closest to the garages will be designated the "inner lane". Other than when cars are at the end of the pit lane under Articles 36.2 and 41, the inner lane is the only area where any work can be carried out on a car. However, no work may be carried out in the fast lane if it is likely to hinder other cars attempting to leave the pit lane.
  5. Correction here. I meant to say drivers used to not get penalized for unsafe releases, the team was simply fined. It is typically a 5 second penalty these days. You are right that teams didn’t care about that until time penalties started being applied.
  6. After going back and reading the event notes, Mercedes actually has a very good argument here. Here is the most recent version of the event notes: https://www.fia.com/sites/default/files/doc_6_-_2020_russian_grand_prix_-_race_directors_event_notes_version_2_1.pdf Section 19 states: 19) Practice starts 19.1 Practice starts may only be carried out on the right-hand side after the pit exit lights and, for the avoidance of doubt, this includes any time the pit exit is open for the race. Drivers must leave adequate room on their left for another driver to pass. 19.2 For reasons of safety and sporting equity, cars may not stop in the fast lane at any time the pit exit is open without a justifiable reason (a practice start is not considered a justifiable reason). Now, the definition of the pit lane and the fast lane can be seen on page 11. The pit exit reaches out to Safety Car line 2. Hamilton was doing the practice starts in this area: The fast lane (which you cannot stop in) is shown as the main area of the pit lane between the garages (the part where the pit lane speed limit is enforced). So, the rule states that Practice starts may only be carried out on the right-hand side after the pit exit lights and, for the avoidance of doubt, this includes any time the pit exit is open for the race. Summarizing, Hamilton: Was on the right hand side after pit exit lights? Check. Left adequate room on their left for another driver to pass? Check. Not stopped in area defined as fast lane? Check. Still in the defined pit exit area? Check. The decisions state that those instructions weren’t followed. I struggle to see which ones weren’t followed. https://www.fia.com/sites/default/files/doc_54_-_2020_russian_grand_prix_-_replacement_for_document_46_-_offence_-_car_44_-_1st_practice_start.pdf https://www.fia.com/sites/default/files/doc_55_-_2020_russian_grand_prix_-_replacement_for_document_47_-_offence_-_car_44_-_2nd_practice_start.pdf They just make the shit up as they go half the time, and poorly define their own written rules and definitions.
  7. It was mostly a rhetorical question. However, drivers aren’t penalized for unsafe releases either. Lance Stroll also broke a new rule today by removing his helmet/gloves/unzipping his race suit after getting out of his car today. I don’t really care that he did that, but that was also in the race directors note. The problem is that everything is arbitrary.
  8. Shitty play for Allen Robinson owners there.
  9. And now they have removed the penalty points from Hamilton and fined the team €25k instead after listening to the team radio where the team told him it was fine. Would they have even given him time penalties if they had done that before? They didn’t even listen to team radio the first time, and they have a steward leaking info before it’s announced. This is some farcical shit. I miss Charlie.
  10. Seems like Mika Salo is leaking these stewarding decisions to the Finnish broadcast (which isn’t part of during some races) before they are being announced. That would be a huge no-no.
  11. Also, pretty big incident in the F2 sprint race today:
  12. I am starting to think Leclerc might be immune to penalties. Monza 2019, Japan 2019, the seatbelt incident in Spain this year (not sure how literally nothing, not even a reprimand, even happened for that), and today. Albon got a penalty for a much more marginal incident a few races ago on lap 1, and the incident today wasn’t even investigated. Meanwhile, Lewis keeps getting penalties for goofy stuff (even if they are deserved). Plus, Masi makes this huge issue about the bollards and penalizes if you barely go over the kerb and don’t exit via the bollard, but then nothing happens when drivers cause collisions. Just seems to be zero consistency. That’s all I want; some consistency!
  13. To be fair, you do have to have two lines or more to get both the D+/ESPN+/Hulu combo and the device discount though (that’s what I did, too). And I think the new plans only have an Apple Music 6 month trial, so you’d have to keep another line on the old plan to keep the free Apple Music forever. Still a good deal, however. Also, ESPN+ does not have access to regular ESPN/ESPN2, so you’ll still have to get that from somewhere.
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