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A Lotus 99T Honda heads onto the Kemmel Straight.
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Formula 1 Belgian GP
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When Mansell and Senna settled their differences in an F1 pitlane scuffle

OPINION: Blanket TV coverage, plus a lot more scrutiny, means every on-track knock requires a call from the race director and, perhaps, the stewards. MAURICE HAMILTON recalls that once upon a time such incidents might have been sorted out in a different fashion…

You will have seen the fuss over who did what to whom when Sergio Perez and Lewis Hamilton collided during the Belgian Grand Prix. Officials intervened, hit Hamilton with a penalty – and immediately set social media on fire with outraged opinion.

What’s wrong with racing these days? Why can’t they simply let the drivers get on with it? Just like at the same circuit in 1987 when Ayrton Senna and Nigel Mansell disputed a piece of road – not far from the scene of this year’s contretemps – and the argument was settled when Nigel grabbed Ayrton by the throat. Job done.

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