F1 » Rosberg handed grid penalty

Nico Rosberg docked five spots on German GP grid after gearbox change

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Alan - Unregistered

July 20, 2012 6:15 PM

Enough of this nonsense of penalising the driver when the car has a mechanical fault, its a joke that a driver can have his race/championship ruined over something that is beyond his control.

If they want to hand out stupid penalties then take constructor points off the team as their the one's who build/design the car, not the driver.

Dangerous Dave - Unregistered

July 20, 2012 9:44 PM

Can't agree with you on that one. This is also about developing long life parts that go the distance, the alternative being that of cars unable to make the finish!! The driver may also have an input in to part failures due to driving style etc!!!


July 20, 2012 9:52 PM

It's a tough argument, there are strong cases for both sides. I don't believe that punishing the driver as directly as this is fair, but the driver's championship is where 9/10 of the money comes from in advertising and sponsorship etc. Money=developement=faster car=wins (sort of, i know that doesn't actually work, but it's the principal). Punishing only constructors points would have very limited effect. A far fetched idea that may work: A team is allocated a certain number of gearboxes a year, and if they all break, the team is issued with a standard, pretty abysmal but practically unbreakable gearbox. The punishment is the loss in performance and can be prevented by both driver and team.

ME - Unregistered

July 20, 2012 10:05 PM

Sorry JoeS but the WCC is where most of the money is. Winning the WCC gets the teams millions and title sponsorship sticks with the team not the driver - Marlboro and Shell are major contributors to Ferrari. Drivers do contribute though.

I chose Ferrari specifically for this example because they are in a very interesting marketing position in F1 and BE knows it. Ferrari is known world wide and is recognizable by non-race fans. Everyone knows that Ferrari builds fast sports cars. When another team beats Ferrari, the recognition is huge and the association is pretty well instant. Team X just beat Ferrari who build fast cars - wow I didn't know Team X was that good. . Not so much when, for example Lotus or Williams, is the beaten team. Although we easily recognize those names, the majority of the population would be not even know you were talking about a motor vehicle.


July 21, 2012 12:47 AM

The Concorde pays NOTHING to the WDC. Team nor driver. The only paying award is the WCC. If Ferrari wins they could receive over one hundred million. Red Bull has now moved up a few pegs and has a special agreement as well. Add Mclaren to the special list too. But will not pay them the same for winning WCC as Ferrari. In addition Merc wanted those same concession but was told No. All other teams win money for WCC but no where near the big three.

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