Why rivals should shut up about Bottas's 'jump start'

Why rivals should shut up about Bottas's 'jump start'

Valtteri Bottas's lightning-quick reactions baffled his rivals at the start of the Austrian Grand Prix - but rather than dwell on their disbelief, they should accept the FIA's verdict that it was legal

Valtteri Bottas's not-a-jump-start was the biggest talking point after the Austrian Grand Prix, certainly for Sebastian Vettel. But he did nothing wrong and the others were asleep, so his rivals should get over it.

The speed of light is almost 300 million metres per second. The lights are, by definition, a light source and the distance from the front of the grid to the back could be around 200 metres or so. In reality, that means zero difference in time, so it is all about human reactions.

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