So much content has been produced after the ‘infamous’ Verstappen-Ricciardo crash that some content from the world of F1 needed to be deleted in order to maintain a balance in the universe.
Hence, the Formula 1 website has taken down an article titled ‘move in the braking zone’ from the rules and regulations section, much to the anguish of this one particular reddit user r/thelawenforcer.
Verstappen has once again received a lot of slack for his driving, as he changed direction twice just before the crash, leaving Ricciardo no option but to go ahead and slam his car into the rear of Verstappen’s.
The following rule does not exist on the F1 website anymore.
“More than one change of direction to defend a position is not permitted. If a driver has moved off the racing line while defending their position, they may move back but must ensure there is at least one car’s width between their own car and the edge of the track.”
“Before I stick my tinfoil hat on, I’d like to point out that the provenance of the rule is convoluted so its possible they removed it as they werent sure where it came from. Its not actually in the F1 sporting regulations – its in the international sporting code that the F1 sporting regulations refer to. specifically in the F1 regs” the user posted on reddit.
The F1 community on reddit finds this move really amusing and fishy, as it was very convenient of F1 to remove/change the rule right after such a high profile crash.
Courtesy of that rule removal/change, is Ricciardo the one at fault?