F1 keeps engine grid penalties in place for now

  • Published on 15 Sep 2017 13:13
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  • By: Rob Veenstra

F1 has decided against immediately acting on the issue of grid penalties for engine changes. Fans and many of the sport's insiders argue that what happened at Monza, where the grid was confusingly mashed up by a spate of complex penalties, was unacceptable. "The penalties today are completely on another level and unfair on the drivers," said F1 legend Mika Hakkinen.

But Germany's Auto Motor und Sport reports that when teams got together with the FIA to discuss potentially reforming the system in Singapore, the proposals for change were shelved. "It's been like this for years and it's been ok," said Force India team manager Andy Stevenson. "What happened at Monza happened by chance, as normally there are only one or two penalties that everyone can understand," he added.

However, it is believed the FIA is committed to at least better explaining the penalties that are applied. (GMM)

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  • f1dave

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    Keep putting it off until there are no fans left. Great decision ! No amount of explanations will solve the problem of engines that are too complex to have any reliability.

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    • Sep 15 2017 - 16:40
  • kngrthr

    Posts: 203

    "What happened at Monza happened by chance, as normally there are only one or two penalties that everyone can understand,"

    it's not about understanding, F1 fans aren't dumb. it's about being a fair and competetive sport.

    fast engines are expensive and wear out. let's just accept that and give everybody a sensible number of engines.

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    • Sep 16 2017 - 00:06

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