Originally Posted by HowardA
Shocking - Webber went before the team told him to.
10 race ban would teach him that the pit lane is not the race track.
IMHO think this is a storm in the teacup situaton
Not even the commentators made a 'Comment' about it!
I have watched this in slow motion several times and just before he begins to move, the car shudders violently. Either he put it into gear or the clutch begins to drag. Not sure which. Hard to tell if he left deliberately or was forced too.
I am also uncertain that he would have been able to even see Sato in his mirror as the pit crew we likely to be in the way.
I suspect that, Technically ,he left the pit before Sato got to him.I also
wonder what was being said to him over the radio. Often they are Talked to and told to "wait, wait" etc then "Go".
As far as I can see from the video, at no point did Webber or Sato come really close to each other or even to the wall. There was a shot that looked like Webber was possibly moving over on Sato, but there was actually plenty of room the other side of Sato. Apart from that one small moment , both cars travelled at relativelty slow speed , with hardly any deviation from the straight line
As far as racing in the pit, well they were on 'Cruise Control' and the pit is allso very wide with both cars well separated and far away from pit crews.
We travel at much higher speeds side, by side, in city traffic, and on many roads you pass cars going the other way at closing speeds of greater than 200 kph at similar separations
IMHO Montoya driving with a delaminated tyre, was driving more dangerously than Sato and Webber.
Leaving the pits with the fuel nozzle attached would also seem more dangerous, and it happens on a regular basis
NB post race...
I can see no reference to any penalty for the situation so the authorities do not seem to have seen it as dangerous.