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No clear line on penalties: 'Where is the limit?'

No clear line on penalties
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S ergio Perez was severely punished during training. Five starting places for driving too fast with the yellow flag waved twice. Three places for overtaking under a single yellow. Force India is still upset about this. Not about the punishment itself, but about the punishment and the inconsistent interpretation of the rules.

Team manager Andy Stevenson is annoyed: “Nico Rosberg got away in Budapest, although he slowed down in a corner that was twice as fast as Sergio. Hamilton was allowed to overtake the slowly moving Rosberg under the yellow flag on the last lap in Austria without penalty. Checo is punished. Where's the clear line? ”

Perez is punished, Rosberg gets away

Force India criticizes the arbitrariness of the stewards. Although Perez slowed his speed by 11 km /h in a double yellow at the scene of Romain Grosjean's accident, which cost a total of 4 tenths in two corners, Stevenson can understand the penalty.

“We went after the Bianchi -Accident everyone agreed that if there was a double yellow flag, crackdown would be taken. I can live with Checo's sentence on this one. But then it must also apply to Rosberg in Hungary. ”

Force India demands a clear line from the FIA. “You should tell us where the line is. By what percentage does the driver have to drive slower with yellow flags? When there is a consistent value, the discussions stop. We asked the Stewards in the case of Perez how much speed he would have had to slow down for it to have been acceptable. They couldn't tell us. ”

“ Unsafe Release ”at Bottas?

After the race there were more discussions. Williams had sent Valtteri Bottas straight into Sebastian Vettel's lane after the pit stop. Usually an “unsafe release” case, says Stevenson. Bottas went unpunished because he sat next to Vettel and then dropped behind the Ferrari. The Finn almost ran over a mechanic from Sauber.

Here, too, double standards are used, says Stevenson: “This practice is permitted in wide pit lanes. Singapore is one of the narrower pit lanes. In this case, at some point we agreed that parallel driving is prohibited. That was another case where you don't know where you are. It may or may not get you. Depending on how the stewards feel. “


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