How Hamilton vs Verstappen Bahrain thriller became F1 2021’s first controversy


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    F1 2021 kicked off with a thrilling battle for the win between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen in Bahrain, but it was a fantastic fight decided in controversial circumstances as the dreaded track limits rules proved decisive in Verstappen’s pass for the win being deemed illegal. In this video Scott Mitchell explains what went on between the FIA and the teams over the course of the weekend, why the track limits rules seemed inconsistent, and how Mercedes kept Hamilton in touch with Verstappen’s faster Red Bull
    Why Hamilton's offs were OK but Verstappen's pass wasn't
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    1. TopSecretVid

      just proves that F1 is more of joke with each gp..

    2. R B

      I wish they could find a way to make it so there is no advantage to exceeding track limits. I don't want the top drivers stuck in a gravel pit instead of on the track, but it seems like a low traction surface would work.

    3. CJ West

      What a farce that race was. Hamilton was purposefully leaving the track throughout the race as he knew it would buy him the crucial gap he needed towards the end.. totally incompetent race stewards.

    4. Jefftee

      NEVER NEVER Overtake with 4 wheels off the track. Its that simple and has been so for many a season. Max showed his inexperience, yet again. With 4 laps to go he didn't have to take lewis at turn 4 he could of tricked lewis and switcharooed there. switcharoos always work when the slower car is defending in a close battle. (max should of re-watched the hammer /nico battle to see how its done.), or wait and get him on the str8, after all he easily had the pace and his tyres weren't that bad, even after his little rear lock up. (why try the spectacular). lewis had been going wide at that corner along with others but did so for a good while. The pundits say that In lewis's case it gave him a lap time advantage by carrying speed into that corner. I think not. It dont make sense! For instance, if max had over cooked it at turn 4 whilst try to overtake on the out side, (which is what I think he tried), he would of gone wider and would of had to join the track again to chase down lewis. As we all saw, he stayed within track limits on the outside until he realised that ham was keeping him wide by keeping his line at the exit of turn 4 and we all saw what Max did!!!??? So going wide at the run off area of turn 4 when racing alone or qualifying with all 4 tyres off track means what exactly!!?? To me you should lose time because of the angle of a right hand out side turn, and depending how you approach that bend would determine how wide you run. I fail to see where the track time advantage comes in. (Only The Great DC can explain this.) Besides, isn't cutting the corner on the inside of turn 4 with all 4 wheels off the track not more advantageous?? Regardless what was said before and the confusion it caused during the race, (Dam The FIA & The Stewards), any experienced driver would/should know that if they had left the track during qualifying, times would be deleted, as they were told then. (Alarm Bells. EErrrr, Don't do the same thing on race day to overtake) This was clearly stated to them! And so it you leave the track to overtake, what happens.....No Brainer. I Don't see what all the fuss is about. Just more seasoning for the pot to keep the action spicy so the pundits can keep spitting out their B.S. What we see in a race is what we get. Max was unlucky not to win that race cleanly, but he has to take responsibility for losing it. The legality of overtaking in racing is clear, regardless of the circumstances during that race day. Special shout out to Lando Norris. What a brilliant race he had. Is it right that if he hadn't exceeded track limits in qualyfying, he would of been on the front row in second? And if so would he have kept 2nd place ahead of the ham with better tyre management and strategy calls? I dare I say it! Even catch The Max!!!???

    5. Zach Barnhart

      I can’t think of any other professional sport that has such an arbitrary rule book. Jesus. Imagine tennis, or football: "OUT!" "Umm, no official, sorry..that line is IN today. That one over there, that is the boundary today" "?? I don’t see anything over there.’ "Yeah, last minute decision made after the race started and we didn’t get around to painting the new line. Or telling anyone but Hamilton about that"

    6. Ward Trotman

      Hamilton was given a time penalty.

    7. Justin Best

      Come on Honda!

    8. Alastair Emmerson

      I don't understand how it can be confusing. Max went wide whilst overtaking and gained an advantage whilst over taking. How hard this that to understand

      1. Tech 4u

        As hard as it is to understand how much time advantage you gain if you go wide at that same corner for 29 rounds while it's not allowed. If Hamilton would have had a 5 sec penalty for that he wouldn't even be on the podium.

    9. Strangelove

      As a causal fan it looks bad. To me Max had nowhere else to go and was pushed off the track in the act of overtaking Lewis, yet he's penalised for move?

      1. j v

        Hamilton has lost wins through track limits rules in the past. All drivers go through this.

    10. deltavee2

      Hamilton for the season and FIA, FFS, a white line is a white line is a white line at *every* track *every* time and never mind the bollocks.

    11. MDN-Ticonty-TTV

      If you look on the onboard of Verstappen, you can see he oversteered which does help the fact he went onto the runoff and is probably the main reason he went into the runoff. If he didnt oversteer i'm sure he would of kept the position.

    12. Harvey SPECTER DJ

      Well I understand it is sour for Red Bull. Verstappen was already passed Lewis when he went off track. I would say rules are rules but Lewis gained time in goong wide so much in turn 4. The officials messed this one up.

    13. THEssSFM

      The FIA is ruining F1

    14. Ralph V

      MAX will be BACK !!! 😎

    15. Erik Carrillo

      If the FIA was disbanded or didn't exist I think the sport would be much much better. Yes they introduce alot of safety measure but that's like the only good thing they do. They fuck everything else up.

    16. nosceteipsum513

      Sorry, but take away the .10 sec advantage from Hamilton, multiply it by 26 (the number of times he went off track on turn 4), and deduct this advantage from his finish time. Then assign his finish position by where he'd fall looking at that time, 2.6 seconds later. It was his cumulative lasting advantage. 26x 0.1 secs.

    17. gbemisola agboola

      Hamilton Al the way..

    18. riley fair

      No one else sees Hamilton ran wide on that turn after verstappen had position on the outside forcing him to run off?

    19. Elfoor Sterk

      Max was allready in front off lewis before turn 4...( see footish off lando norris ) so in fact he run wide the same as lewis did 29 times during the race .. An other thing is that de steward did not say to give the place bull made a mistake by asuming they had to give back the lead back from the stewards.. On top...iff max just went on without giving the place back the penalty would be 5 seconds at most...

    20. Md Mamun

      Gift for Mercedes by the officials double standard.

    21. DasVaulTier

      "Should a car leave the track the driver may re-join. however, this may onle be done when it is safe to do so and without gaining any lasting advantage". Leaving the track in turn 4 has various lasting advantages: faster laps (hence why they were annulled in FP/Quali), being faster than drivers not leaving the track, less tire wear as the lateral acceleration/force is lower. Doing this well over 20 times by choice (!) is cleary taking advantage of it. Imho it was a very biased decision in favor of Hamilton to ignore the gains he made by leaving track limits and having Verstappen concede his position. Also, you can see that Verstappen lost his rear for a split second before fully going off track and turning in more wasn't really a viable option as his rear was still next to hamilton. (But you gotta admire how fast Hamilton is to complain about how he was overtaken outside - not even 3 Seconds till the radio came on.)

    22. Lou, Sir

      Not seeing the big problem here. You can't pass on any track by going off track. Even if Hamilton was going off, when they told him to stop he stopped. He didn't pass anyone, Verstappen did. He obviously completed a pass while off the track. Not cool. I can see him being very frustrated and desperate but he was up against a better driver, that's all.

    23. Ryan Dispecki

      The rich sudan putatively fool because locket conversely surprise vice a helpful female. humdrum, scarce goose

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    25. Reconditioned Man

      Why in F1 they keep using the masks, when we know they function very limited and are even bad for your health...

      1. Erik Carrillo

        @Reconditioned Man Their wearing a thin face mask not shrink wrap lol. Their also not wearing them while they drive either they're just wearing them when their in large groups. It's funny because whenever someone like you calls others sheeple their usually a conspiracy theorist that thinks they know best. What's your opinion on the moonlandings haha?

      2. Reconditioned Man

        @Erik Carrillo how about oxygen deprivation, why you think they are touching the masks all the time? Stay on Fakebook with your sheeple amigo

      3. Erik Carrillo

        Lmao somebody was reading an article they found on Facebook. How are they bad for your health please elaborate. When you're working around 100s of people everyday and you also have to deal with fans and media and getting sick can cost you and the team immensely... well I would say a mask is a smart safety precaution.

    26. me my

      I wonder if this play with rules would have happend if Hamilton would have been in the chasing car... It seems like FIA is trying really hard to make sure Hamilton is world champion this year as well...

    27. Stu Flyboy Reay

      The FIA are mongs. They have made the track rules about as clear as mud

    28. Pani Smith

      I'm sure they would of had 44 reasons to change rules, but they eventually come to their senses.

    29. Ronald Weir

      I think it should be pointed out that the only legal overtake occurred in the pits.

    30. Jim Randolph

      When is the next race?

    31. Stephanie & Jelke Jansen

      Look at Lando Norris's analysis of this incident! Verstappen was in front and then went wide

    32. jklopez

      Kinda dumb bc Hamilton gave him no room to even get back in the track

    33. Tom Stallworthy

      Hamilton should have received a 5 second penalty for abusing track limits and gaining a lasting advantage and verstapen should’ve been told to give the place back, end of

    34. Andrew Drabble

      I didn't think this race was exciting. To me it was the usual same old, same old

    35. 37alfg

      Double standard to the MAXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    36. Mike E White

      Verstappen was already ahead before the corner so technical Hamilton pushed him of and Verstappen should have maintained the lead.

    37. Jeroen van Merrienboer

      I disagree the rules where implemented. Verstappen was already past Lewis. So there was no advantage.

    38. Erick Nagy

      MaFIA should just write a plain rule says that rules don't apply if they go against Hamilton. That would keep everyones expectations real. They will always protect him.

    39. Den R

      If Hamilton was not breaking the tracklimits the first 30 laps his undercut in pitstops wouldnt have been succesful

    40. Den R

      Bull crap. Verstappen already passed Hamilton when he got of track and Hamilton was pushing out side corner 4 towards Verstappen

    41. Baby Yoda

      It’s like a losing soccer team blaming the referi! Who gives a fuck! It is what it is stop crying about and win the next one!!

    42. Feanor

      The different rules interpretation comes down 2 1 thing. There is 1 set of rules for Lewis, 1 for everyone else. This channel licks Lewis' boots so they'll never acknowledge it but it's just the flat out truth.

    43. 41CV

      What I don't understand about track limits is this. Take another sport that has a clearly defined track - like marathon running. Sure you have a track boundary - often marked by railings that you simply CAN'T cross. The difference with F1 is that you don't have a physical boundary that you can't cross (except for places like Monaco with Armco everywhere) - simply a painted white line that marks the edge of the track and, at turns, kerbing - both of which can be crossed. These drivers are supposed to be the best in the world - so how about the rule that as long as the car stays on track it is okay and if it goes off track it isn't. For me, having the outside wheels over (but not touching) the white line and you are off track - sort of treating the white line as the edge of a station platform - go over the white line completely and you'd fall off. Okay, so that would mean that the drivers would have to reduce their entry speed to the corners to ensure that they didn't do that and some would manage that better than others (and different cars would also allow differing degrees of control in the corners) - but wouldn't that be a way of testing these drivers - supposedly the best in the world? One rule - applied everywhere - one outside wheel completely over the white line - not okay. Because this might happen (a lot) in a race - how about an automatic 1 second penalty for EACH and EVERY time a driver does this. We'd soon see the 'best of the bset' adhering to the track limits. Possibly a further penalty - do it 10 times in a race and automatic disqualification?? The HARD part is what happens if you go over the white line accidentally (tyres or brakes going off), or a collision, or being forced off by another car running wide (I'd call that unsporting behaviour - running another car off the track). That is why you would have stewards (and I'd have the SAME stewards at ALL RACES in an attempt at consistency). Think back to the early days of F1 when hay bales and rope marked the track boundary - would it be okay to cut a corner by missing a hay bale or passing through/over a rope - NO. So why any different for a painted white line? Of course a very easy way of enforcing track limits is to Armco both sides of the track - everywhere. Try using 'extra space' at the corners then! [end rant]

    44. Had to cheat him to beat him

      Max’s pass was competeY legal and was finished before he ran wide. The cartoon image recreating it is not accurate as to where Hamilton was in relation to max.He should not have given the spot back. Fuck Hamilton.

    45. 10001000101

      Going off track in all circumstances should not result in an advantage, if an advantage is gained they must be instructed to give it back or suffer a 5 sec penalty per infringement.

    46. Skylineman

      What Hamilton crying baby 👶

    47. Filipe Gaspar

      Aah for god's sake, I'm sick and tired of this bullshit of track limit politics. If they want to keep the cars on track just put some (not so deep) sand or gravel or grass in this runoff areas and end once and for all with this tarmac surfaces. The cars will be able to continue but will lose time so drivers will naturaly take that into count. This things just take the magic of F1 out and drivers are just unable to push to their limits.

    48. Thomas

      Inch perfect by exceeding track limits for half the race, gaining a "LASTING" advantage throughout the race. The Race you need to start commenting the truth, that graphic of the corner pass was misleading, also play the whole graphic of all the car positions through the race, and you will see Lewis get a lasting advantage as he keeps running wide to pull closer and closer to Max. How sad the FIA can't even put on a fair race in 2021.

      1. Thomas

        @Bass Thomas IKR, One of your favorite sports can't even create a fair and even playing field for people to compete on.

      2. Bass Thomas

        @Thomas. Am sorry for ya pains 😭😭😭

    49. Thomas

      Max had already made a complete pass by Lewis on the straight, for just a fraction of a second, but he made it, so by the rules stated, Max didn't run wide "During" his pass, he ran wide as Lewis tried to make a pass on the inside. Max should have to give the place back.

    50. Ni Ko

      The animation show Mercedes car actually on the outside of the exit of the turn which red bull were alongside. So where does the red bull go cannot back off as the two cars are alongside each other. It means the inside driver can push the outside driver outside of track limits and claim illegal use. Yes if one was behind but your animation show they were alongside at the apex of the turn, let alone after.

    51. Jak3 Mart0

      Shouldn’t matter where on the track it is if your car is outside the white lines then that’s exceeding track limits. These guys are meant to be the best drivers in the world

    52. PSIMAN X

      White lines. just put a wall there instead then they'll know where the track is

    53. Peter Griffin

      norris was 20 seconds behind bottas.... if he could close that up ot would be interesting

    54. Pieter Stedehouder

      FIA fucked up a brillaint race

    55. Eckoes

      bring back gravel pits.....or we could go full mario kart and put some spikes or carnivorous plants out there

    56. Gary Clarke

      Rules say if going of line while leading isn't gaining but probably ruining your tires, that's Hamilton, verstappen only BECAUSE of him doing what Hamilton was doing for laps but big difference this time is max took over Hamilton, question, I wonder would max have a case if he had of staying in front until the Finnish, either way red bull faster than merc at a supposed strong track for merc, this is going to be the closest season for years....

    57. 56LPgoldtop

      A clear way to look at track limits is that part of the car must remain inside the track limits. ie. two tires can cross over the white line but not all four. If cars routinely exceed the limits then change the track/ corner design as the cars are behaving based on the rules they were designed to meet.

    58. Jorge Rezende Ramos

      I hate track limits. I'm very old scholl: racing is racing! Not a bunch of rules!

    59. Tomás Carvalho

      Isn't FIA a Mercedes-Benz department/office ???

    60. John Zonneveld

      don't know where you guys got the info for the shown graphics. Max already completed the overtake before going off track

    61. Stewart Savage

      A sport that changes its rules every other race i would suggest is no sport at all, however many cars, do what you want, who can finish first.simple

    62. David rocha

      According to the rules even if track limits are not imposed rule 23.7 you still can't get out of track limits for no apparent reason to gain timr advantage so yes Hamilton should had been penalised

    63. Anthony Leslie

      Whats the PROBLEM... Oh.!! thats right RED BULL shooting them selfs in the foot again, RED BULL have a history of complaining ALL THE TIME, They obviously didnt read the full race notes & complained about Hamilton & lets have it right, it wasnt only Hamilton going wide at turn 4 either, But RED BULL complain & Hamilton stops doing it, Max catches Hamilton & uses the same corner they have been complaining about to over take & actually complaining AGAIN that they had to give the place back , Dear RED BULL STOP COMPLAING

    64. Baka Broadcast

      The race came down to tyre preservation, and all that turn 4 wide running was a part of Hamilton's victory. So although I don't blame him, it makes the win feel artificial and I blame the race directors for not just making the rule simple: "Stay on the track".

    65. Adam Forsyth

      Great video. My only question is why Lewis was asked to stop abusing turn 4. I f he wasnt gaining a lasting adavantage then why stop him doing it? And if he was, where is the penalty for doing so? This is the inconsistency that bothers me. Otherwise my god what a great race on track.

    66. Scott Adam

      There is a reason they call it track limits. The white line is the track. The white line should be enforced everywhere.

    67. Gang Of Four

      Cluster F in favor of Hamilton !

    68. ExcalibursEdge

      This is just another example of FIAs politics. Formula 1 has been political for many decades. There is no actual racing, there is only the politics of F1!!!!!

    69. reshma pm

      is FIA favoring mercedes? 🧐


      F1 is just dead .....

    71. Joao Dos santos

      This rule was never meant to favour Mercedes,On the contrary. But Hamilton knew with experience he could bend the rules to his favour. Max is not up to the champions level yet. He’s got to wait and take his chances with Bottas after Lewis retirement.

    72. Mathew G

      Stuff likes this makes me think the stewards aren't very logical.

    73. Sonny

      Rules are clear about TL but if you're overtaking someone than the rule must not be applied to prevent collision of the other driver on the race line. It's not fair Hamilton not being punished for going over the line while during a normal lap.

    74. alfaV6boy1

      Wow, anyone who thinks that was a thriller needs to watch fact there are more thrills in a motogp practice session than this F1 race.... fact. Its dire that its come down to simply another person in another car on a different tire strategy getting behind another person in another car for a few laps is somehow a 'THRILLER!!!!!11"

    75. Duško Dragić

      Hamilton deliberately did what he did? Nooooo... :)

    76. Stephane B.

      car number 44 (29 times out of bounds) , F1 is a mafia

    77. skovil

      It would be different if Hamilton was doing the overtake.

    78. Phil Ridley

      I mean I'm no expert but there is a very easy solution. The white line is the edge of the track. So dont cross it, EVER. And if that's to hard for drivers to understand stick a gravel trap on the edge so there is a actual consequences for going off track

    79. Trevor Brown

      Watch F1 on Netflix to see the bitching and moaning in that circus

    80. guz3108

      When too much rules. Removing all the fun of watching F1. Let competition run As usual .

    81. Akshay Atam

      The FIA did a really bad job. 22 more races to go. 22 more opportunities for Verstappen to show dominance.

    82. A R

      letting one person abusing the rule for half the race and preventing someone else from starting to do the same surely isn't an advantage.

    83. notlihvic

      Merc still the team to beat any change in car new specs and rules they adapt

    84. Darth Lord Raven

      just lay some gravel @ those areas, problem fixed.

    85. Guillaume Fracchia

      Max should’ve won. He’s faster

    86. Wayne 416

      LH again no one can beat him ....too much of a skill driver

    87. David Dusaro

      forget the white lines if Lewis was driving that RED BULL HE WOULD HAVE WON

    88. fendermarshallblues box

      max fan , or lewis fan doesn´t matter, this was unfair

    89. MaximusVTEC

      Robbery I tell you.........

    90. Stu Crossland

      It's just another rigged sport,get over it.

    91. Cool

      Max did the right thing giving the place back but he should have gave it back before the DRS for the next straight

    92. Tzeff's Main Channel

      Sir Hamilton defended agressively, leaving Verstappen no space on the track! :P

    93. Wissam Saade

      Track limits in F1 are quickly becoming an equavalent to penalty flags in american football. It provides a gray area for the "powers that be" to alter the final outcome in a closely contested game. This is not very much different. And for the driver with the fastest car to be the primary beneficiary of those rules the last few years is suspect at best. The fact in the many years they went racing in Bahrain and it has not occured to someone that turn 4 should be slightly widened because it is an attack spot is beyond my comprehesion. But even if they insist on not altering turn 4, make the white line the track limit and stick with it, because this topic is getting old.

    94. ed

      counted 29 laps with an advantage of 0.2sec, so HAM received a bonus of about 6 seconds. That is called a lasting advantage.

      1. ed

        @Anderson Gibbons The problem was that the moment Verstappen was following suit, the race director banned it. And i do not mean the passing later.

      2. Anderson Gibbons

        that's called smart as the others could've done it also.

    95. Me Trade

      Why misleading people that Hamilton was the only one going wide on turn 4 ?

    96. Olivia Lambert

      These rules were ridiculous. Hamilton would not have been ahead after the pit stops had he not exploited the track limits. It was no different to Verstappen's overtake. However blame lies exclusively with Masi, a race driver is to gain any advantage he can get away with which is what Hamilton did.

    97. steel ssstu

      Hamilton showing his class, max showing his youth but a great race

    98. gnjatowsky71

      Hamilton is SHITY druver

    99. Diana Maioru

      It was a fantastic race! I loved it and am excited to see more Hamilton legend-quality action!

    100. Confidence is the answer

      Here's a concept: NO TRACK LIMITS!!!!!!!