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shaken - Unregistered

December 10, 2012 11:31 AM

Its a sad and bad time for F1. Romain's incident wasnt deliberate and intentional while in Schumacher's era, he (Schumacher) was allowed to get away scot free with deliberately taking others out, not to mention the late Ayrton Senna (when he deliberately took out Prost in Japan).

richard

December 10, 2012 11:54 AM

it is difficult to make out what is being said, but grosjean seems to have got a harsher penalty,because he "interfered" with the title race. to me, that is grossly unfair. the penalties should apply to everyone EQUALLY. but i see that there have been calls for more consistent penalties and for the stewards to be harmonised. so lets hope for fairer judgments next year

LJ - Unregistered

December 10, 2012 12:31 PM

Actually it says the decision wasn't completely because he took out front runners, it was because of previous incidents he had, the move itself and the amount of carnage he inflicted.. Also lets not forget we almost lost Alonso as a car came close to crushing him in his cockpit as it flew over. This is the FIA's worst nightmare when these type of crashes happen and it's why you have to FIA license to compete in the sport.

People look back to the "glory" days when these crashes were frequent, but lets remembered many people died in these crashes, and the sport has come a long way since then. Grosjean may have the flair of days gone by, but he will lose his license if he is allowed to continue next year and gets another ban.

mrfill

December 10, 2012 12:38 PM

I read the article and it said "But what Romain got the extra penalty for was not that, or at least not wholly for that."

I interpret that as it being partly relevant. Score draw!

It does seem a bit unforgiving to penalise a rookie more because he is a rookie. I would have thought an experienced driver should get the harsher penalty for a similar infringement, because he should know better.

mrfill

December 10, 2012 12:45 PM

Surely the impact of the offence must be taken into account. If a dangerous manouevre causes another car to hit a wall and just bend the car, that should be treated less seriously than if the incident caused the death of the driver.

In a civil case, that would certainly be taken into account.

richard

December 10, 2012 12:48 PM

pc and mr fill. thanks. my point is that the fact that grosjean hit title chaser should have had NO effect on the penalty. not even a slight effect. NO effect.
mr fill, you make a good point about an experienced driver should really suffer more seere penalties. how many times have we seen an experienced driver squeezing others into the wall or onto the grass, and get away with it. these drivers are the ones who should be setting good examples and if the rookies see no punishment, they will carry out the same manouveurs themselves.

on sky the other night. they showed several incidents, where kimi nearly took out seb, by accident, but steered away from the incident. that shows intelligent thinking by an experienced driver, even though sky intimated it was done to "help" seb!

A Race Official - Unregistered

December 10, 2012 12:55 PM

Couple of facts:
1. Grosjean is not a rookie, he competed before in F1
2. The FIA stewards decision for that incident specifically made mention of the impact on the championship contenders
3. The incident, in my opinion did not merit a race ban. Hamilton had the oportunity to back out of the throttle, grosjean was in front of him, ergo a racing incident.
4. You cannot hand penalties out on th ebasis of what could have happened, to other drivers (Alonso) or in the Championship
5 Gary Connoly is a very experienced FIA steward, his other steward at Spa (and most recently at Brazil) in my opinion was not

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