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It's interesting to watch the video at that corner. Lewis is actually halfway along side Max as they approach the corner, then Lewis starts to brake just a little maybe, falling back to where his left front tire is close to Max's right rear, or at least he might have let off the gas a little. Maybe then he thought, bullsh**, I'm not letting Max use his elbows again to make me fall back as he has done in the past a few times to others and him. Max is most likely used to Lewis backing off, letting him have the corner, and started to move toward the apex as he has done in the past. Except, Lewis is still there. Oops.

If blame is to be assigned, I think Lewis had had enough of Max's wide elbows and said screw it, I'm in this, and Max just assumed he had pushed Lewis out of the way again. Max should have been paying more attention instead just assuming he had forced Lewis back again.

Lol, reminds me of races in the past with Schumacher and his very wide very sharp elbows and take no prisoner attitude toward other drivers.
 

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It is also interesting that the rules do not require that the apex must be hit by a car in a corner, and also that the inside car needn't be ahead, just substantially along side the other car. This Lewis was, as his left front tire had been ahead and inside the right rear of Max's car, until he started to pull back a little.

Looks like Max, et al, in his aggressiveness, forgot the implied rules pertaining to overtaking as defined by the FIA. It is recorded that Lewis did make the same apparently legal maneuver a couple of times later in the race and no collisions occurred due to the alertness of the driver being overtaken.

Just thoughts.
 

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IMO Lewis did not pull back, Max braked later.

But yes Max was being very aggressive as he needs to be. In the end it cost him 20 points ... should go and have a chat to Prost and Stewart
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Well, if Max braked later, that implies that Lewis braked first, ie, pulled back. But anyway...
 

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The rules specify that Max and Lewis had to give each other sufficient space to make the corner. Lewis was given sufficient space on the inside to make the corner if he had made the apex and if he had made the apex ( as he did in his pass of Leclerc ) there would have been no contact. That is why Lewis was penalized according to the stewards.

Did Max brake later than Lewis and was he going faster at the point of contact? Of course, as he was on the racing line whereas Lewis forced himself into having to make a much sharper turn and to brake and turn on a more slippery part of the track where cars don’t typically run coming into that corner.

Could Max have anticipated Lewis running wide and therefore himself run wide and offline through the corner? Sure, but once he did so he was also apt to run himself off the track ( as Leclerc did ). A split second decision but one which he likely now regrets as, if he had moved over to allow an understeering Lewis to get past him, if Lewis had continued to understeer and been seen to force him off the track, Lewis would have been penalized anyway and the collision avoided.

Remember, on Lewis pass of Leclerc he made the apex. Lewis was not understeering and running wide and, as his car had much more grip at that point than Leclerc’s, he didn’t have to.

In the end, I agree that Max has some responsiblity - as Alonso said, Max had to realize that Lewis’s car was not going to just disappear. Run wide, avoid the collision and carry on to fight it out later. Nevertheless, I also agree with the British stewards decision that in the final analysis, Lewis caused the collision. Did Lewis intend to drive Max off the track? Of course not. However as Danny Ric said, Lewis simply went into the corner “too hot” and Max did nothing to avoid him.
 

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I guess you could see it that way, but you might notice that Lewis wasn't going as fast as Max, having slowed a little in comparison, moving backwards along side Max before the tires met, and there is no evidence that I can see that Lewis was understeering at that point. Max couldn't have hit the apex either, being where he was, with his speed, and had given Lewis room to make the opportunity to move in on the inside. Having watched F1 since the 60's, on TV and live, I tend to consider it a racing incident, actually mild in some respects compared to what I've seen in years past.

It is very sad what happened with Lewis after the race with the racist rants directed toward him. I suspect that is part of what makes up the dislike of Lewis by some. And at the same time, there are also those who tend to dislike continual winners, wishing for someone else to take over. I see Lewis as just another driver, displaying no more of so-called dirty racing than most other drivers, as seen from my own knothole through the decades.

I do think that Max can win the championship this year unless Mercedes can further improve their car. Although I also suspect that Lewis was probably a little faster overall in this last race, and would have been able to finally get past Max and drive away, as he seems to be able to do towards the end of races, and also Mercedes having improved the car some.
 
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