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Jordan F1 driver policies - Exaggerating vs. lying - There's a significant difference when stretching the truth

Published by Jordan F1

After a long debate in the comments over the difference between Lewis Hamilton's actions in Australia 2009, when he took to the stewards office with a rather different version of events than he had told the media, and Sebastian Vettel's attempts to halt a race with radio reports of low visibility, Jordan F1 puts together his own thoughts on acceptable actions from our F1 drivers.

Moonlighting in Vegas

1) I expect a leader of a race, who has everything to lose, to complain about lousy conditions (track, weather, or otherwise) to attempt to win a shortened race. Otherwise, there is the possibility of the leader losing everything by crashing into a backmarker, thus having the pyrrhic victory that he is honest. (Well, what do you know, an honest F1 driver!) Oh Hi Schuie! Out from jail from the “Rear-End Assault” on Coulthard at Spa?

2) I expect everyone from 2nd place down to 11th place below to be saying that track / weather / or otherwise conditions are awesome in the hopes that cars in front of the driver in question shall crash out due to the said same conditions. This is called gamesmanship. If an F1 fan can figure this out, I am pretty sure the people at race control can too.

3) The further down the field, the more unbiased reporting about poor weather / track and other conditions. They have very little chance of gaining points and given field spread, may encounter conditions to be similar to the very front of the grid.

4) Vettel was winning the race before the time of this grenading engine, so he does fall under condition #1, with the poor condition being the lack of daylight. Following drivers might have a slight advantage behind Vettel as in these conditions they can see that red light on the back of each F1 car. While I doubt that F1 drivers have that kind of vision and brain power to figure out which way the car is turning just from the rear red light (using your hand as a rear light - hold out your hand and pivot it, the outside of the turn is the first part of the hand that is blocked by the remaining hand/light ) the disappearance of the red rear light would clue the drivers behind to at least brake and turn the steering wheel. Vettel leading might not even have that chance. Obviously his short term memory is just awesome. He might even moonlight at Vegas counting cards at the high-rollers poker table…..(But he’s not a McLaren Driver….)

Causing the yellow in the first place

Sorry but I could not find a better way of connecting Korea 2010 to Australia 2009, when many people were rightfully hanging Hamilton for agreeing to lie with his team about Trulli passing him under the yellow Safety Car period, but let us backtrack this to what actually caused the Yellow in the first place.

The FIA hit Trulli with a 25 second penalty which cost Trulli a third place finish

First I remember this race well, as it was quite a horror movie to Jordan F1 on Fantasy Racers at the time. You see, I had both Vettel and Kubica on my team.

To compound this folly, I booted Vettel off after the crash between Kubica and Vettel. Of course there was carbon bits everywhere and a full course yellow to clear up this mess. In the process Trulli had some off-track trip somewhere in a different time zone and Hamilton past him. Trulli managed to get back on track only losing the one place to Hamilton. So far everything is fine. (Other than I am exhausting my language at Vettel, Kubica and Trulli) but whatever the reason McLaren ordered Hamilton to let Trulli pass Hamilton and regain the lost position.

I can only assume that Spy-gate scared McLaren silly into this mess, as it completely defies all attempts at explanation of my part, but as a Trulli fan, If I get a free Horse, as long as the horse is comfortable with the bit between its teeth I am going make a lot of profit at the local glue factory... (that did not come out right... I meant to to say that there is going to be a run of material at the violin bow string factory!)

Then at the end of the race we have McLaren lying to the stewards that Trulli passed during the yellow, and the FIA hit Trulli with a 25 second penalty which cost Trulli a third place finish.

Influencing the outcome

Now back to Korea, we see teams trying to influence the outcome of a race on the basis of where they currently are on the gird. And it is done in a transparent manor, so you can not call it lying as it is above board. Exaggerating, is the only thing, if anything, that they are guilty of. Now McLaren vs. Trulli.

1) Will lie to race control to both cover ineptness (Ooops, They were perfectly within their rights to keep that lost position) and steal points off you. (Lewis: slow down to a crawl and let Trulli overshoot you) (To Race Control: See? Trulli passed us under a Safety car!)

2) Then they will lie to cover the radio conversations and telemetry data that do not jive with what McLaren are saying to the FIA.

3) Then they persist with this lie until punished. And all McLaren had to do was tell Race Control that Trulli went off under the yellow and Hamilton was able to get by. What else could McLaren do? Stop and let Trulli maintain his position? What happens if Trulli crashed a la di Resta? No McLaren had this one right until they shot themselves in the foot. They compounded this folly by lying and poor Trulli was victimized 25 seconds for something he did not do. And what happened to Trulli was just not cricket.