Originally Posted by ljason8eg
Of course everyone ideally would start the race with the goal of winning, but there sometimes comes a point in the race where that might not be the most realistic goal anymore. For example, if you're running second with five laps left, the leader is several seconds ahead and there's no pressure from behind, its probably not best to drive at 100%.
I get what you are saying, but it's not trueat all. Let me tell you what a certain driving legend did once upon a time in a beautiful circuit called Suzuka in the year 1989.
Originally Posted by Suzuka 1989
The next corner after 130R is the chicane, the second-slowest corner on the circuit. As Prost began to brake for the corner Senna dived alongside, but Prost saw the move in his mirrors and moved his car across the track to block his path. Neither driver was willing to back down and the two collided just before the apex of the turn. With their wheels locked and their engines stalled, the two cars slid to a halt in the mouth of the partially blocked chicane escape road. As the vehicles were directly in the line of any possible out of control cars, the marshals hurried to clear them. While Prost unbuckled his belts and left his car (thinking his race, and the World Championship, was over), Senna gestured to the marshals to push his down the escape road. As the McLaren was pushed forward, Senna used the forward motion to restart his engine, and after it fired he immediately accelerated down the escape road, weaving between the temporary chicane bollards arranged in the roadway.
Although his car was running, Senna's MP4/5 had suffered damage to its front wing during the collision, and while Prost slowly wandered back to the pit lane Senna had to complete almost an entire lap of the circuit before pitting for a repair. Once his nosecone had been replaced Senna continued the race. Some indication of McLaren's dominance is shown by the fact that – despite the collision, the subsequent period spent stalled, the slow in-lap, and the pit stop delay while his car was repaired – when Senna rejoined the race he was only five seconds behind the new race leader: Alessandro Nannini.
Senna drove like a man possessed and it did not take him long to catch Nannini's Benetton. He passed the Italian only two laps after having his nosecone replaced, in exactly the same place as the collision with Prost had occurred. Three laps later Senna took the chequered flag.