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Series under fire for driving standards

"You do need to get involved but some guys are having more incidents than the others and they need to take that on board," he said. "We should be the best at what we do, racing in all conditions on all kinds of tracks, and driver etiquette has to match that."

The comments echo those from Ferrari immediately after the Spa crash that took out championship leader Fernando Alonso at the first corner.

"It would be better if, starting with the junior formulae, rules relating to on-track behaviour were enforced in an inflexible manner," Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali had said. "[We want] to have drivers as well prepared as possible when they reach this, the highest level of motor sport."

F1 journalist Will Buxton, who provides the commentary for the GP2 and GP3 world television feed, agreed with the call for harsher and more consistent penalties to enforce better quality driving in future. (See separate story.)

"Punishments in single seater motor racing need to be far harsher than they are right now," he wrote on his personal blog last week. "And they need to become clearer and be applied with increased standardisation. From F1 down to entry level Formula Ford, even karting, a racing action of questionable moral standing must have the same regulatory reaction. Inconsistency between categories, and inconsistency even from a race to race basis in an individual category must be stamped out.

Buxton added that Alonso and Domenicali had both said that young drivers entering F1 from GP2 were doing so "with a different core understanding of racing" to their predecessors thanks to the knowledge of the safety advances in the design of modern cars and circuits, and were pushing the risks too far as a result.

"Sadly, I can't argue with that," wrote Buxton. "It's a view even GP2 drivers have shared with me. Not just that their rivals act this way, but even that they themselves have, at times, pushed just a touch harder than they thought they should because they had no fear of the consequences."

But Buxton also defended the GP2 and GP3 Series from some of the criticism, pointing out that F1 had its own part to play in the current state of affairs.

"It's all too easy to say that GP3 and GP2 drivers get away with terrible moves, when those very same moves aren't punished in F1," he pointed out. "Lead by example. Lead from the front. Make an example of the F1 drivers, and make that same example of those in the junior categories, from GP2 and GP3 to WSR, F3, F2, AutoGP."

Buxton pointed to Conor Daly's airborne accident in GP3 at Monaco when he was launched over the back of Dmitry Suranovich's car, and the way that Sergio Canamamas pushed Simon Trummer into the wall at the end of a GP2 race in Hungary as examples of where either the wrong penalties were applied, or no investigation was carried out at all.




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Alexander Rossi (EQ8 Caterham Racing) on day 1 of the second GP2 Series pre-season test session, at Bahrain International Circuit on Wednesday 19 March, 2014. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)
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Josh - Unregistered

September 14, 2012 11:30 AM

Hamilton, Rosberg, Kovalainen, Glock, Hulkenberg, Kobayashi, Perez, d'Ambrosio, Pic, Senna - all former GP2 drivers and for the most part, respectable racers... Blame Grosjean for causing the accident. After all he was the one strapped into the car and trying to drive over the top of people. There are some lads currently in GP2 who are fantastic, clean, respectable drivers. Some with less funding are a little more desperate to make their mark and sometimes it goes wrong. Some of them are just plain stupid. This is racing, there are good and bad drivers everywhere, in GP2, and in F1.



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