It's called common sense. If going over a kerb too roughly can wear down the plank, then it dragging along the ground can not help. No, I wasn't there, nor did I measure it myself. Neither did you. Common sense dictates that the plank was worn to shreds. Try driving your road car with a plank dragging along the ground. Let's see what happens to it. Again, it boils down to common sense. I'd like a statement from the FIA to clear things up... Bearing in mind that Martin Brundle and David Coulthard believed the plank would be worn too... They know more about this than you or me. I never said the FIA was pro Hamilton. I think if you go back and read my posts, you will see that. Once again, maybe you should actually read everyone's posts rather than jumping to your own conclusions AGAIN. You have a habit of maybe reading half of someone's post, then jumping down their throat. If you're going to quote someone, perhaps you should read the whole post. Actually Lewis was about half a second slower than Alonso during winter testing. The Mclaren's were still on Michelin tyres at that point. Then when they switched to Bridgestone tyres Lewis found they suited him better and Alonso struggled with them due to them having very different characteristics. Hamilton pretty much got handed the best car in the field from the start. And he has made his share of mistakes over the years. Watch and see how many mistakes Vettel makes this year when the pressure is off. No. No one has to use kers. The minimum weight of the cars has increased to encourage people to use kers. Hamilton has also been gifted with superior reliability. His first retirement that was forced due to mechanical issues was at abu dhabi in 2009... At the end of his third season. Thank you lmanion for reminding me of that.