F1 » FIA explains how Renault avoided Valencia ban

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August 19, 2009 5:55 PM

That's not the way 4 other FOTA teams see it. They gave letters stating as much. FOTA supported the Regie on this one as harsh punishment and wanted it reversed. AND IT WAS. It's scary now that Ferrari and McL work well together.

Mark _

August 19, 2009 8:40 PM

There is always going to be an inherrant risk with changing tires and refueling cars in a pit stop. The only way to remove all of that risk is to ban refueling and tire changes (unless there is a puncture).

Renault did not gain an advantage by letting Alonso go. If you ask me Red Bull are much more dangerous with their habbit of releasing their cars into the path of other cars in a crowded pit lane. At what point will Red Bull be penalized? Hopefully it will be before there is an accident in the pit lane. But like any safety rule nothing is done until someone is hurt.


August 20, 2009 4:29 AM

andrewm - After reading the explanation I come to the conclusion that the FIA was not spineless but was, in fact devoid, of sound legal reasoning. "Two wrongs don't make a right??" From what legal principle did that mind-fart spring? The court employed sound reasoning in determining that the steward's conclusion of wilfull negligence was unsupported by fact. The court also was correct to consider precedent in concluding that the FIA was inconsistent in its application of penalties or the lack thereof.

In the end, this was a rebuke for the knee-jerk stewards and the brainless (not spineless) FIA.

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