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This is Real Blocking

August 1st, 2010

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YeiMrOqNKs A lot recently has been said about blocking in racing. In NASCAR there is the ongoing movements between Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski. In last week’s Indycar race Helio Castroneves was penalized for blocking teamate Will Power in the race at Edmonton. Many question the call as the track was wide enough for several cars where the incident took place. Castroneves simply took the best line away from Power a reasonable thing to do when leading the race.
Today’s Hungarian Grand Prix had seven-time F1 champion Michael Schumacher in the Mercedes blocking the faster Williams Cosworth of Rubens Barrichello. As can be seen in the video here, Schumacher nearly put Barrichello into the pit wall. This could have had catastrophic consequences as it was only inches from a solid concrete wall. Barrichello said that it was the most dangerous manoeuvre ever used against him. 

The penalty leveled againsy Schuey is ten positions on the starting grid for the August 29th Belgian Grand Prix. Does the penalty fit the crime? How does this compare to the blocking in recent Indycar and NASCAR races? Is blocking just part of the sport or will it eventually kill someone? Blocking has always been a part of racng from local short-track racing to the big leagues. It really comes down to what is defined as blocking and what is part of the competition.

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