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A Good Show in Yeongam?

Is anyone else mildly surprised that people are still talking about Gerhard Berger’s “allegations” against Mark Webber?  Well, some people are, anyway.

“Allegations” — I don’t know what else to call these statements, although the word makes them sound a little more grave and antagonistic than is probably merited.  Granted, it’s hard to judge the nuances of what Berger said when all one has to go on is a translation from German, but to me it sounds as though there was a “Yeah, I know that’s what happened, because the same sort of thing used to go through my head when I was driving” undertone to what Berger said:

He goes off and it’s over. It’s so frustrating and a thousand thoughts go through your mind.

It’s very obvious. You can see his wheels are not locked up. Perhaps he had a brake problem, but I don’t think so. One has the feeling that you would rather take one with you, take a point off him.

This morning, I realized that an editorial on this issue was still one of the main stories featured on the Planet F1 home page, and I thought, “Hm, I suppose they wouldn’t leave it up there if people weren’t still commenting on it.”  Sure enough, people are.  Despite the opinion held by many — that the entire idea is so ridiculous that it doesn’t merit serious consideration — would it be so terrible if the FIA took a look at this and put the whole thing to rest?

Or maybe I just have a skewed idea of how many people are still seriously concerned about it, because of the particular sites I surf on a regular basis.  A Google News search for “gerhard berger mark webber” gives only three results for the past day, only five results for the past three days.  Reporting has died down to almost nothing, even if fan discussion hasn’t.

I’ve now watched video of the crash many, many times, and I always come to the same very firm conclusion:  I don’t know enough to be able to judge one way or the other.  It’s obvious that Webber’s brakes were not locked, for whatever reason.  He doesn’t address that issue in his own brief account of the crash:

I thought I’d managed to catch it, but I lost the car and made contact with the wall, nothing too heavy, but it was enough to bring the car back to the other side of the track and then Nico (Rosberg) hit me, which wrecked his race as well.

Christian Horner does address the brake issue, saying that Mark was just instinctively trying to get back into the race when he went rolling across the track.  I’m not sure I quite understand this: was the impact enough to send Mark’s car to the other side of the track, at which point his plan was (in the the words of that Autosport article) to “to try and spin-turn and rejoin” the race?  Seems like a terrifying prospect to me, rolling across the track like that, under those conditions — but what do I know?

I suppose that, if I ran the universe, Mark Webber would provide a bit of further clarification, if for no other reason than to ease everyone’s minds.  I’m guessing he’s being advised to ignore the whole thing, though, which I suppose is probably smarter.  See, in a universe where I was in charge, people wouldn’t do smart things.  I think that’s why I’m basically unelectable.


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