Just how Honest is Formula One Racing?

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I am losing my faith in the integrity of Formula One. Read on to find out why.

Just how Honest is Formula One racing?

Recently at the Canadian Grand Prix , whilst Lewis Hamilton was doing an overtaking manoeuvre on Jensen Button up the inside, the latter, quite rightly, moved over to take the racing line for the next corner. The gap for Lewis slowly disappeared, causing him to collide with the pit wall, and nudge Jensen slightly. The result of this was Lewis had to retire from the race, and was considered at fault for trying an impossible manoeuvre

This is what happened at Spar

Last week at Spa, during the Belgian Grand Prix ,we had a similar situation. Lewis had clearly overtaken Kobiyashi along the top strait, and was moving over to the left to take up the racing line for the next corner, just as Button had done previously in Canada. But Kobiyashi tried to make an impossible move around the outside, part of his car was on the grass, he hit Lewis , sending him crashing into the barriers, causing him to retire.

It was investigated by the Stewards

When the stewards looked into it, Jensen was not considered at fault in any way in Canada, and he went on to win the race. However, in Belgium, Lewis acted in the same way as Jensen had in Canada, and yet was deemed to be at fault for moving over to take the racing line. Kobiashi however, escaped any blame whatsoever. How can there be different rules for different drivers.

Martin Whitmarsh, the team principal quite rightly defended his driver in a heated debate with Eddie Jordan, insisting that Lewis had done nothing wrong, and it was very frustrating for him to be out of the race when his car had been performing so well that there was a good chance of him making a podium finish.

I am really disappointed at the way Formula One is going these days. It seems to be unfair, and not all the drivers seem to be treated the same. Dishonesty in sport spoils it for the fans and spectators, and brings it into disrepute. It is such a shame that such an exciting sport should become like this

Lewis Hamilton Deserves a break

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Belgium, Canada, Corrupt, Formula One, Grand Prix, Honest, Jensen Button, Kobyiashi, Martin Whitmarshlewis Hamilton, Pit, Racing Line, Retire, Stewards

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I am a proud mother and grandmother, and an author. I have had 7 books published. My hobbies are walking, swimming, and playing badminton. I try to raise more awareness of autism with my writing.

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author avatar Buzz
5th Sep 2011 (#)

I didn't see the race but I admire your perceptive thoughts on this, especially if fair play seems to have been breached. Congrats on the star page, Carol.

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author avatar Carol
5th Sep 2011 (#)

Thank you Buzz, I believe rules have been broken, so wanted to have my say.

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author avatar Retired
5th Sep 2011 (#)

Not really into racing...but I can see your point...thanks for sharing....

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author avatar Songbird B
7th Sep 2011 (#)

An interesting read, Carol, and insightful too..Thank you for sharing this, and congrats on a Star page..

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
7th Sep 2011 (#)

You certainly know your stuff about racing Carol, and you make it all very interesting. Thank you for a great share, and kudos for the star page.

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author avatar Carol
7th Sep 2011 (#)

Thanks Steve and Songbird

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author avatar koushik
20th Sep 2011 (#)

Hi.... I have had the same feeling too, for quite sometime now. Have been an avid follower of F1 for more than a decade now and have always felt that some drivers have precedence over others and also the strong feeling that different drivers had different rules and needless to say, different kinds of treatment. For instance, Barrichello, in my opinion was an under rated driver. There were times when he was a tad brilliant than his counterpart Michael Schumacher, but was never given his due.

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author avatar Carol
20th Sep 2011 (#)

Thank you koushik. Did you see the last race when Schumaker deliberately held Lweis up, and weaved all over the place, continuously brreaking the rules, but no penalty was awarded against him. The just said. " It's the way he races."
I call it disgusting!

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author avatar Carol
20th Sep 2011 (#)

typo errors sorry, can't edit

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author avatar koushik
21st Sep 2011 (#)

thats okay with the typo.. It happens... I sadly did not get to watch the last race.

thank you anyway for the update.

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