Jolle wrote: ↑
Mon Sep 09, 2019 7:34 pm
I think they are finding and trying a new balance between hard racing and nasty moves. The pitstop from Leclerc a couple of races ago when he didn’t get a penalty, they admitted they made the wrong call. And now with the black/white flag, a refound measure to let not every race be ending at the stewards.
If pushing someone off the track, in a braking zone, isn't nasty, then that's a pretty high bar. If Hamilton hadn't bailed out onto the grass then LeClerc would've gone over his front tyre and into the air. That's maybe fine at Monza, but suppose that's a track with walls everywhere? As to Stewards deciding the race, if drivers don't want that then perhaps they shouldn't commit obvious penalties? Others have managed it in the past.
If they want to allow drivers a free cheat or two each race, that's fine. But write it into the rules. Right now, the drivers are given a rulebook that is no longer relevant to F1. What actions that are specifically banned
in the rules are now no longer really banned? If I cheat in several different ways, do I get a black-and-white flag for each transgression (so I can push someone off the track, and I can cut a chicane, and I can move in the braking zone, and I can move twice, and I can chop their front wing off on the straight, etc, etc as long as I only do each thing once per race)?
Is it track/manufacturer specific? Do Mercedes get to cheat as much as they want at Hockenheim? Red Bull at their Ring? Do Force Stroll get a free pass in Canada? Is it just the drivers who don't have to follow the rules or can manufacturers put a V-12 engine in the car and get to use for a race?
I know that any sport that relies on spectators for money has, by necessity, morphed into entertainment rather than sport. But most sports maintain the pretence of actually being a sport rather than a simple popularity contest. If it had been Russel leading Verstappen rather than LeClerc leading Hamilton and committing all these breaches, do we all honestly think that he'd not have received a penalty?