Fans on Twitter blast Karun Chandok for changing opinions on Lewis Hamilton-Max Verstappen incident
Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen
F1 Pundit and Commentator Karun Chandok drew a lot of flak on Twitter for his change of stance for the Lewis Hamilton-Max Verstappen collisions. The Indian Former Formula One driver had shared a tweet regarding an incident in the Formula Regional Asian Championship.
Karun Chandok shared “Utter stupidity but also shows why the FIA needs to push for less asphalt run-offs! I’ve said for many years that we need 5 meters of a “natural deterrent” (grass/gravel) on the edge of the track to stop people going off track and maintaining speed and position.”
Karun Chandok was questioned for his change of stance. He had openly shared his opinion in the past following Max and Lewis’s incidents in Brazil. He backed Max by calling it a “good move” that “Max deserved a warning” and nothing else. The cards played against Chandok who was on the receiving end of some heated arguments thrown on Twitter.
Karun Chandok on Lewis Hamilton-Max Verstappen Abu Dhabi GP controversy
We’ll set the scene for the clash! Karun Chandok shared a tweet on the recent crash in Formula Regional Asian Championship in the Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi. It was during the 2nd Race of the Asian Championship and the drivers involved were Spain’s Pepe Marti and France’s Hadrien David. The Spaniard was caught in his rear wheel by David who tried a risky move on the inside of the corner.
David collided with Marti resulting in a Safety car and both drivers being forced out of the race. It was a very risky manoeuvre that could have resulted in the two drivers being seriously injured.. The French driver drew some criticism but the move was scrutinised and the similarities between this incident and Max’s overtake in Jeddah and Brazil were highlighted.
Karun Chandok was criticised following his opinion on Max’s Overtakes. After the incident in Brazilian Grand Prix, he tweeted, “The classic “ease off the brake pedal and gently understeer wide” move. Every (good) racing driver on the planet would have done the same. Maybe Max deserved a warning but nothing more in my view. Good, hard racing between two of the best drivers ever.”
But following his tweet, many users questioned his sudden change of stance following the incident. One user wrote, “Track limits just need enforcing consistently, if you leave the track a penalty should be applied. If they know they can’t get away with it to gain an advantage and there is an actual penalty all of a sudden they’ll stick to the confines of the track or stupid not to.” referring to the inconsistencies in decisions made throughout the season.
Another user said, “I think we should just LET THEM RACE!!!” referring to the infamous comments made by Micheal Masi during the Brazilian Grand Prix.
But stepping aside from the drama, newer tracks with their wide Asphalt runoffs have indeed given a lot of drivers leeway to make risky moves. If the Asphalt was swapped with a Gravel trap or Grass then it would deter drivers from doing such risky overtakes and taking undue advantage of regulations. This and The “Let Them Race” attitude proved that FIA needs to be more consistent in their decision making regarding unsafe driving and unsportsmanlike conduct.