Huff questions WTCC penalties
Rob Huff questioned the inconsistency of penalties handed out during the second World Touring Car Championship race at the Hungaroring after a drivethrough penalty dropped him out of contention.
Huff had been battling for the lead with Citroen drivers Jose Maria Lopez and Yvan Muller in a sodden race, but had his hopes of victory crushed after he was penalised for bumping his way past Muller.
Mehdi Bennani also received a drivethrough for contact, while Lada’s Nicky Catsburg was punished for skipping the chicane.
But with three other clashes not investigated by the stewards, Huff, who finished sixth, said a lack of clarity on what was deemed fair was part of the reason moves like his were being attempted.
“It was a harsh decision,” he said. “So many people are very upset with it. That’s mainly due to the inconsistency of penalties being handed out.
“We had contact; I took advantage of that because I felt it was fair to. Yet if you look further down the order there are people driving into each other and having absolutely no outcome at all.
“If we could understand a bit better as drivers exactly what’s allowed and what’s not then we might be able to race together and not have these upsets that we’re still having at the moment.”
Lopez went on to win race two comfortably ahead of Muller and Tiago Monteiro.
Bennani was victorious in the opening race, ahead of Sebastien Loeb Racing team-mate, Briton Tom Chilton, as Honda and Citroen’s runners opted for slick tyres despite the fact the track was wet.
Huff: lack of rule clarity