The image shows breaks in the rubber lines as Webber's car takes off down the straight whereas we tend to find when these lines appear on the circuit elsewhere they don't have the breaks.
Some footage of the incident has of course arrived via YouTube and I'm sure will be taken down in due course but for the moment here it is below:
It's a none story for me but I felt compelled to write a few words about it whilst the buzz surrounded the matter as confusion arises throughout the fans. Traction Control is, as we know banned in Formula One and any attempt to try and use it would be easy to see due to the use of the SECU. As an explanation for the tread marks I think we have to consider the following:
- Mark is not only looking to lap Giedo but also has Fernando in close proximity and so will be prepared for his advances should an error creep in
- During the incident with Giedo, Mark has his right hand side of the car on the grass
- The angle of approach means he had to slow considerably and exited along the straight completely off the standard racing line (Usually the drivers allow the car to drift out left to carry more exit speed)
- The slow speed he exited and likely buried the throttle and KERS at the same time would be enough to cause some drivetrain oscillation.
- On top of this people are forgetting the vertical sidewall deformation this years tyres have which combined with the above would likely cause some wheel hop and the stagnated rubber pattern.