lkocev wrote:Perhaps the Renault penalty is because of neglegence.
Thats pretty much the whole deal here. They knew something was wrong but still allowed the car to race, thats pretty negligent. That tire could have killed someone. Period.
Now they're banned. Will everyone learn their lesson? Lets hope so.
I agree that if that is what happened its pretty poor from Renault, but like I say these things happen. Its in the heat of racing, everyone is trying to get everything done as quickly as possible, sometimes mistakes are made and the lolipop man releases the car before the nut-man realises what has happened, or has time to react. There has been many cases like that, I guess Massa taking off with the fuel hose last year is something similar, and something I wouldn't consider punishable.
The spring from the Brawn ALMOST DID kill someone, and even if the Brawn engineers couldn't have forseen a spring coming off their car, they are ultimatley still responsible. I'm not saying Brawn were neglegent, I think in any F1 team negligence is extremerly rare, but no one else can be held responsible for that either. I don't think Renault's punishment fits, there would have been plenty of punishment when Alonso's race and chance to get on the podium was destroyed. Maybe I think too lenient.