Since the dawn of motor racing, the debates on direct comparisons on the track have animated discussions among the experts, in whose evaluation it is often difficult to distinguish between a heated competitive spirit and an unsportsmanlike behavior. The theme has gained further popularity in recent years, when under the management of the FIA greater attention was paid to the correctness of overtaking maneuvers and the limits of the track, so much so that the doubt as to whether the current standards of judgment are not excessively severe.
Track limits, a law to change?
Recently the world of Formula 1 has returned to question the validity of the evaluation criteria currently in use, after that the heated confrontation in Bahrain between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton was conditioned by the Dutchman’s infringement of the track limits when overtaking. The last decade of racing has however been punctuated by numerous controversial episodes and changes in the meters of judgment by the race management, alternating severe policies with others that are more permissive.
Daniel Ricciardo is known for being one of the most daring drivers on the grid when overtaking. During the interview given to FormulaPassion, the Australian expressed his opinion on the subject together with his own personal evaluation criterion: “I always lean towards the fight as long as there is respect, in the sense of not putting another driver in danger and not doing anything that could hurt him. I believe that this level of respect must always be there, but as far as hugging a rival or touching them, I personally appreciate that way of running, in a safe environment ”.
Ricciardo then highlighted the differences between Formula 1 and other motorsport competitions, characterized by more physical track fights that the Australian driver has shown to appreciate: “There are other disciplines in motorsport where you can give it a shot, but then you have to be ready to get it too. I like this a little and I am in favor of the fight ”.