Former Grand Prix driver Karun Chandhok says he would like to see 'natural penalties' implemented in Formula 1, and see on-rack debates solved on the asphalt rather than through the Stewards after the race.
F1's penalty system has been questioned in recent years as certain decisions have not gone down well with fans, who have also been upset by the Stewards' lack of consistency.
At the US Grand Prix in 2017, Max Verstappen overtook Kimi Raikkonen on the final lap to take third place. However, the Stewards handed him a five-second time penalty after they deemed the Dutchman got past Raikkonen off the circuit, and gaining an advantage in doing so.
The penalty was handed to Verstappen despite the Stewards' leniency on track limits throughout the weekend up to that point. Chandhok also pointed out the incident between Verstappen and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel at last years' Japanese Grand Prix.
"Look at Suzuka when Seb and Max hit each other, Max lost half a second by running way off at Spoon curve and coming back on – that’s just wrong,” he said. “When drivers go off track they should be penalised and there should be a natural penalty.
"I want races decided on the race track, I don’t want it decided in the steward’s room. I don’t want a situation like Austin with Max and Kimi, it’s discussed in the stewards, you see the chequered flag and somebody finishes third but then another bloke is on the podium.
“It’s just messy and complicated and the stewards shouldn’t have to get involved in that, that sort of stuff should just be decided on track. I think that’s what racing should be.”
Chandhok also voiced his disapproval at the lack of consistency: “It’s also inconsistent. For everyone looking on TV, you go ‘hang on, at Turn 9 they are allowed to go way off track, way beyond the white line, yet if they do it at Turn 19 they get their lap time taken away’. So how does that work? How is it OK at one corner and not another?”
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