Post by larkim
Bottom line seems to me to be that whether you think the penalty was
correct or not in line with the rules, as a sporting penalty it
sucked because it took the life out of the race.
That's probably the main reason for the distaste on social media for
it, and probably from the ex F1 racers who just want to see hard,
wheel to wheel racing.
With the tech they have these days, would it not be preferable to
have the driver given the choice - give up 5 (or fewer?) seconds by
reference to some sort of lap delta based on some recent laps (e.g.
average three fastest of previous 5 whole laps?) within the next 3
laps, or take 5s added on at the end.
I foresee many issues with such an idea if it leads to attempting to
slow up the field while you spend your penalty in order to minimise the
damage. Track position is just so important in F1.
Have you seen what they introduced in MotoGP? The penalty loop. I think
it is intended to cost about three seconds. That can be quite a lot of
places in lower categories. It's an idea that I liked for F1 many years
ago but seemed it might be rather costly to implement. Of course there
may be alternatives such as reduced speed while staying off the racing
line for a portion of the straight.
Moto GP also implement some very specific time penalties for gaining an
Post by larkim
Vettel could have fallen back and then tried to to regain position.
It might not have been particularly exciting to watch, though would
have been better than just watching Hamilton trail Seb, and would
have allowed the leading driver taking the chequered flag to be the
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