Formula 1 Must Put a Time Limit on Post-Race Investigations and Penalties

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Published: October 31, 2016

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Imagine turning off the television after watching your favourite football club celebrate a victory only to see in the newspaper the next morning that they actually lost.

Ridiculous, right?

Well, that scenario is becoming an all-too-common occurrence in Formula One.

At Sunday's Mexican Grand Prix, Daniel Ricciardo crossed the line fifth and was disappointed to miss out on one of the best podium ceremonies of the year in front of a packed, enthusiastic crowd.

"The outcome was a bit of a shame," the Aussie lamented in a post-race interview on Sky Sports. "I really wanted to be on the podium."

As it turns out, though, Ricciardo should have been on the podium, in third place, rather than Sebastian Vettel (himself only having replaced Ricciardo's Red Bull team-mate, Max Verstappen, at the last second as the stewards sorted through the late-race chaos, handing out penalties).



No matter how you feel about the penalties handed down to Verstappen and Vettel—as well as the one Lewis Hamilton did not receive for cutting a chicane in a manner similar to Verstappen—everyone can agree they do not want to see race results changing hours after the fact.

From the time the announcement was displayed on-screen that Verstappen was under investigation for going outside the track limits to defend his position against Vettel, it took about six minutes for the stewards to render a decision.

Vettel's incident, where he moved to block Ricciardo's overtaking attempt while both drivers were braking, happened about three minutes after Verstappen's, yet it took three hours to penalise the German.



Now, I am sure there are all kinds of excuses for why the decision took so long, but that is all they are: excuses. If the Verstappen investigation could be completed in six minutes, there is no reason Vettel's could not be completed in a similar time...
Article Source: Bleacher Report - Formula 1

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