Sticking to the rule of law
F1 drivers need to know just where they stand on regulations
Formula One has to be one of the most tightly regulated sports on the planet, particularly when it comes to the technology that confines the scope of the engineers. There are loopholes that spring up from time to time, but they are very quickly closed.
But when it comes to rules and regulations regarding the actual driving of the cars, it seems that things are a little more vague, which is unacceptable for an international sport watched by millions of fans across the globe. Several drivers were vocal after last weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix that the rule book either wasn’t being applied properly or, in the case of the 107 per cent qualification rule, ignored completely.
It is hard not to agree with the drivers who, after all, are the men at the sharp end. The limited communications that the new radio rules dictate could end up causing a serious accident, and so could a flagrant disregard for yellow flags. Where safety is paramount, these things simply can’t be ignored. It is not that F1 doesn’t have rules to cover these eventualities, it is just that the application of them lacks consistency. This needs to be addressed. Matt James, Editor