Post by Brian W Lawrence
Penalising the driver for things that are out of his control is just
ridiculous. This has been my most major issue with the F1 rules for a
long time now.
The FIA need to start splitting the penalties between the constructors
and the driver. Basically, as I see it, the driver should ONLY be penalised
for infractions that he commits ON THE TRACK: Failing to obey blue flags;
track limits; dangerous driving; the normal stuff that one would expect
a driver to be penalised for.
If the gearbox fails, the *team* should be penalised (i.e. have constructor
championship points deducted). This would mean that some teams could finish
the season with a negative point score and yet their driver may accrue a
healthy points tally. So be it. At least the driver would not be penalised for
reliability issues or other choices made at the team level.