The Felipe Massa and Lewis Hamilton show didn’t disappoint in Japan and after the race, the young Mclaren driver suggested that he was having difficulty with his mirrors…if you can call them that.
Lewis Hamilton touched Felipe Massa, who was having his own adventurous dive on the outside into the final chicane, and said he had no idea the Ferrari driver was there. He explained that his mirrors vibrate like crazy and it’s difficult to see anything.
I can believe that lock, stock and barrel. I’ve seen the mirrors from on-board camera shots and it’s not easy to see anything to be honest. McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh has added some explanation to Lewis’s comment. AUTOSPORT has the story:
“By comparison to the old school of 20 years ago, they are big,” said Whitmarsh. “But in terms of vibration, probably we don’t do enough.
“If you talk to any driver going along the straight, they are not great. Normally you will see them for picking out colour: ‘there is a piece of colour behind me that means there is another car’. Maybe it is something we have to look at.
“I think Lewis was distracted at the time, he knew he had a puncture, and he knew he was nursing a car, so I think you can always have bigger mirrors, you can always have better mirrors, you can always have better positioned mirrors and you can always be more attentive to using mirrors. But it is one of those things.”
So you can always have better explanations, you can always be more specific in what you’re trying to say and you can always stop beating around the bush for a possible explanation as to why your driver hit another driver. Sheesh, that’s almost full-bore Ronspeak right there.
Let’s be fair—I really don’t think it’s that easy to see in the mirrors but when you add it all up, I think it was simply a racing incident and Massa wasn’t fooling anyone with the attempted pass on the outside of the chicane. The two drivers just seem to be mired in the same performance bracket that finds them close to one another on the circuit come race day (as Paul pointed out in our most recent podcast).