user icon

Szafnauer left furious after Hulkenberg penalty

  • Published on 26 Nov 2017 17:32
  • comments 5
  • By: Sam Gale

Force India's chief operating officer Otmar Szafnauer has called Nico Hulkenberg's penalty at today's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix "a mockery of the sport," after the penalty had no effect on the German's race even though he had illegally overtaken Sergio Perez. Many were left confused as to why he was not ordered to hand the position back to Perez and instead given a time penalty.

The overtake of Perez was potentially a crucial one as at the time Renault would not have secured enough points to overtake Toro Rosso in the constructor's championship and thus missing out on a large amount of prize money. This could potentially have directly affected the teams competitiveness against the likes of Force India for next season.

"They gain a place in the constructors championship which means more money for next year," said Szafnauer, "It makes a mockery of the sport to have it so inconsistent. I think Hulkenberg should have given the place back just like the same thing he did to Grosjean. I don't know what the FIA are thinking. It's really difficult to understand when the decisions are all over the place."

 

Sam Gale

Replies (5)

Login to reply
  • f1ski

    Posts: 726

    it would be nice if each penalty had a specified punishment I was shocked the time it took to give the penalty. Again FIA playing favorites. To me it is like the oil burn rule A way was found to allow MB to continue at the higher burn rate.

    • + 0
    • Nov 27 2017 - 02:07
  • Jutlandia

    Posts: 191

    I think Hulkenberg is the most unsportive driver in the field...

    • + 0
    • Nov 27 2017 - 12:38
    • xoya

      Posts: 583

      And he can "Suck my balls mate" :D

      • + 0
      • Nov 27 2017 - 17:18
    • No, that's definitely (ironically) Magnussen. Almost in every race he did something reprehensible. This last one? Apart from the driving erros, the way he slowed Verstappen down when getting lapped was a disgrace

      • + 0
      • Nov 27 2017 - 23:08
  • This was a combination of slow reaction by stewards and bad/good luck. I don't understand why they didn't simply tell Nico to give the place back. I think he had the pace to pass Sergio regardless. Anyway... this doesn't rank even in the top 10 worst steward decisions this year.

    • + 0
    • Nov 27 2017 - 23:10

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

Related news

World Championship standings 2022

Show full world champion standings

Test calendar

Circuit de Catalunya - Winter testing

Bahrain International Circuit - Winter testing

See full test schedule

Give your opinion!

Will Bottas challenge Hamilton for the world championship in 2020?

Driver profile

  • Team -
  • Points -
  • Podiums -
  • Grand Prix -
  • Country FR
  • Date of b. Apr 17 1986 (36)
  • Place of b. Geneve, FR
  • Weight 71 kg
  • Length 1.8 m
Show full profile

Team profile

Show full profile

Formula 1 Calendar - 2022

Date
Grand Prix
Circuit
-
Spain
-
Bahrain
18 - Mar 20
Bahrain
25 - Mar 27
Saudi Arabia
8 - Apr 10
Australia
22 - Apr 24
Italy
6 - May 8
United States of America
See full schedule

Formula 1 Calendar - 2022

Date
Grand Prix & Circuit
18 - Mar 20
25 - Mar 27
Saudi Arabia Jeddah Street Circuit
8 - Apr 10
Australia Albert Park
22 - Apr 24
6 - May 8
United States of America Miami International Autodrome
See full schedule
show sidebar