Dunno Bob, don’t think I can agree with you on this one. There is a lot of outrage, but a lot of it is also coming from people like Mark Webber, Mario Andretti etc. Proper racers. IndyCar drivers, ex F1 drivers, NASCAR... whatever kind of motorsport, it seems everyone has an opinion and I’m yet to see one that thinks it was a fair penalty.
He didn’t really flounder in the middle of the track; he pretty much skated right across that grass and skidded back onto the track within a couple of seconds. He did pretty well not to bin the car and take himself and Lewis out and given how shit the mirrors are on those things there’s no way he’d have known where Lewis was. It was a mistake, sure, but they were racing each other pretty hard at the time.
I think the main frustration being vented right now is that we finally got something approximating a good race for the lead for the first time in... well, forever, and it got taken away. In the old days (I hate using that phrase) it would have been a case of ‘you lucky bugger’ and they’d have just got on with it. Now any time something moderately interesting happens drivers know they can radio the team and get them to go running to the stewards. See also Grosjean’s hilarious complaint at being passed by Perez in today’s race.
Didn’t mind Seb’s reaction either. He’d just been in a pretty intense race so his adrenaline was still flowing, and hey - we’re always complaining that drivers these days tow the PR line and do/say nothing of any interest whatsoever. It certainly got the crowd going!