Stick­ing to the rule of law

F1 driv­ers need to know just where they stand on reg­u­la­tions

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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

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