In the beginning...... there were no penalties, only danger. People played the game and enjoyed one another's (brief) company.
Then there was a driver who considered himself at the right hand of God...... and He decided He had the right to exact his own penalty in the field of play. Until He found he wasn't immortal after all. And many worshipped Him and would hear no evil about Him.
Then there was a driver who decided He was the new arbiter of right and wrong..... and He was always right. When He was allowed to do as He saw fit, the "authorities" only chose to make a play of "penalising" him, lest they incense his religious followers. At this time it became behoven of the authorities to take control over the kingdom of increasing lawlessness, and punish people mightily. And the emperor would set himself up as judge and jury and executioner, and the people were afraid.
Until one day the emperor was found with no clothes. And he was replaced by one of great wisdom and experience, but many claimed he would be on the side of the mighty redcoats in all matters of adjudication. But the new emperor removed himself from the judgement seat and installed a jury of experienced men of good standing.
And the penalties which had been numerous and frivolous became numerous and reasoned. But judgement was never harsh and usually fair but men chose to test the laws at every moment, and chaos continued to exist, but only on occasions. Order had been restored but then some said "you're unfair". And their followers made protests at every turn and appealed to the unseen Gods of the internet. And much debate ensued.
AND THAT"S WHERE WE ARE TODAY. A potted history going back to the fabulous fifties when men were almost to a one, honourable.
Fortunately we have not seen too many of the real skulduggery acts started in the 90s by the one who put himself above all or his imitator who saw he could get away with it. The last really, really bad one was inflicted on Barrichallo in 2010 and it went without serious censure. This leads me to believe that the penalties are too uniform - that is, minor misdemeanours get minor penalties and major misdemeanours also get minor penalties. So I'd like to see some of the minor ones, like clumsiness of a minor scale go with a very minor penalty. Stop-Go penalties in the modern competitive scene are harsh as you can go from podium position to out of the points just for a wheel banging. At the other end of the scale I would like to see that occasional deliberate act of native evil punished by a one or two race ban.
Edited by Muz Bee, 02 July 2012 - 23:50.