Sunday, 28 August 2011

What Caused The Lewis Hamilton Crash At Spa?

In today's Belgian GP at Spa-Francorchamps, Lewis Hamilton had a 'coming together' with Kobayashi. Some pundits suggest that Kobayashi should have backed off a bit, while others feel that Hamilton should not have drifted to the left to gain the ultimate racing line for the following right-hander.

Whether Kobayashi should have backed off bit is open for debate, but he had nowhere to go when Hamilton drifted to the left. Hamilton's actions need a little analysis. The pictures indisputably show him moving to the left, but the pictures from the on-board camera show that he did not move the steering wheel to turn that way. Could ayrodynamic interaction between the two vehicles effectively 'sucked' the two cars together, causing the crash? I think that this possibility should be investigated to prevent any future occurance of this (if indeed it did happen in the first place).

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