F1 » Spa carnage to prompt crackdown on driving standards

Motorsport's governing body looks set to cast greater scrutiny on driving standards following the antics in all classes at the Belgian Grand Prix.

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September 05, 2012 12:03 PM
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Wonder what prompted them! I thought they mentioned the 'three strikes' policy after Monaco last year, repeat offenders need to be forced to miss races 'consistently'.

spud - Unregistered

September 05, 2012 12:42 PM

Race ban for Grosjean is the correct decision but appalled at Maldonado going almost scott free.. I mean 10 places on a fast circuit like Monza can be made up in a quick car in a few laps. Maldonado should have been banned as well.. and banned for more than a race considering he has been involved in much worse incidents than Grosjean.


September 05, 2012 12:54 PM

I disagree that Maldonado should be banned, certainly. That is a huge over-reaction to a very minor incident at Spa. While I'm not denying that drivers should be punished equally, regardless of the victim of the crome, Timo could still race. Under the current rules, a 5 place grid penalty was maybe even a little harsh. Changing the rules to the 2three strikes and you're out' system would be beneficial to the sport though (an would get rid of Malsonado for a few races, surely no bad thing)

still grumpy - Unregistered

September 05, 2012 12:56 PM

Mr Buxton is 100% correct in all he says. I started competing in the mid sixties and thus have seen many changes over the years. The current state of 'bad manners'
would in the past have been dealt with by fellow competitors behind the scenes
but the sport (if it can be called such anymore) is now too overrun with layers of sponsors, team managers, PR consultants, media advisors et al for that to happen.
Much though I hate the involvement of stewards for trivial racing incidents, I have been saying for years that the only way to deal with disrespectful and dangerous track brats is to take their toys away. Unless terminally stupid (some are!) they will eventually learn. Having suffered the loss of friends,rivals, and heroes over the years I am very relieved that Snr Alonso is still with us and utterly determined that we cannot be blase about safety. For once maybe the lesson can be learned before a tragedy occurs.

dazza - Unregistered

September 05, 2012 1:14 PM

Remember guys.... you must "mirror, signal, manoeuvre".....I suppose they could all have car to car radio to.....Maldonado: "Lewis.. I am coming past"... Hamilton: "Pastor.. Like F@@K you are!"... come on this is racing!! accidents will happen. They will son have their own slots in the road just like Scalextric!

O'Pickle - Unregistered

September 05, 2012 1:17 PM

Back then dangerous driving meant somebody got killed. That's why it was dealt effectively with. These cars are much safer and boys like Vettel and co have no respect for each other any more. Frankly, if Vettel got away with this (Button saved it, no accident) why Grosjean is punished?

Smokin - Unregistered

September 05, 2012 1:23 PM

Dazza, it is racing, but even racing has a certain etiquette.. Grumpy puts it correctly. My experience is club bike racing, and yes, riders still sort these things out behind the scenes. You cannot have riders/racers who have a flagrant disregard for the safety of fellow competitors. Accidents will still happen because racing involves exploring the limits, but no dumb ass moves please.


September 05, 2012 1:31 PM
Last Edited 1254 days ago

Excessive weaving was not the problem which caused the accident. Grosjean's lack of spatial awareness was the problem. If Grosjean just gave Hamilton a little more space he would not have made the accident inevitable.

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