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Will harsh penalties curb “stupid” driving in F1?

Will harsh penalties curb “stupid” driving in F1?
07 Nov

Tough stewarding on high impact incidents will get rid of “stupidity” displayed by some F1 drivers, says Kimi Raikkonen.

For a long time, the FIA has been trying to implement a penalty policy that improves racing and reduces occurrences of bad driving practices. They even appointed former race drivers back in 2010 to tweak the policies that determine how the penalties are applied by race stewards.

The governing body has been trying hard to clamp down on even smaller infractions to deter repeat offenders.

But that action has gained a lot of harsh words for the stewards in the recent past. But Raikkonen believes the penalties are not harsh enough to discourage bad driving behaviours.

“It is so random, that you cannot really say it’s very strong,” he told Motorsport.

“If they would be very strong on the right things, then they wouldn’t need to do a lot of other stuff.

“If you are strong enough to stop certain stupidity that is happening, then I think we wouldn’t have to have these small penalties here and there, for no big reason.

“Sometimes you have a good reason, sometimes not – but it is so random.

“I think if you would be really strict in the main points, then the whole thing would change. Then nobody would start doing stupidity.”

Currently, any driving offence will attract a licence penalty point.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen has got a few points for smaller mistakes and has been vocal in his opposition to such harsh penalties.

According to the Iceman, if the FIA acts tough on the bigger incidents, then “you don’t need to give, every time, five seconds or 10 seconds for crazy things”.

“That is the issue, that it looks like it’s very harsh or very hard, but it is actually not hard enough in the right place,” said Raikkonen. “Then the rest would sort itself out.

“I think it just looks a bit silly. Because you get [penalties] for this or that and then last race somebody does [same] and it’s completely the opposite thing.

“If it’s been done a proper way and hard enough on the right thing where everything starts, then I am sure it would look a lot better [and] it would work out better.”



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