FIA stewards have given rare insight into how penalties are decided in a feature for the FIA‚Äôs new magazine Auto.
One of the most contentious decisions of the season was Romain Grosjean‚Äôs one-race ban for causing a collision at the start of the Belgian Grand Prix which removed himself, Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Sergio Perez from the race.
Grosjean‚Äôs ban, the first for an F1 driver in 18 years, attracted much discussion at the time, particularly over the stewards‚Äô admission that it was levied in part because ‚Äúit eliminated leading championship contenders from the race‚ÄĚ.
FIA Institute deputy president Garry Connelly, who served as a steward at the several races this year including the Belgian Grand Prix, explained the thinking behind Grosjean‚Äôs ban: ‚ÄúThat incident could have completely changed the outcome of the FIA‚Äôs premier championship.
"But what Romain got the extra penalty for was not that, or at least not wholly for that."
‚ÄúWhen you‚Äôre a relatively new driver to Formula One and you have the privilege of driving in a potentially winning or podium finish car, you‚Äôre mixing it with a group of drivers who have many years more experience than you do at the sharp end of the field.
‚ÄúIt therefore behoves you, in our view, to exercise greater care and attention because you are, in our view, with all due respect, the new kid on the block and maybe a little out of your league compared with the guys around you at that end of the grid.
‚ÄúIt was a very serious decision and one that was taken only after lengthy weighting of the facts, the evidence, history, everything. However, every decision weighs heavily on the stewards‚Äô minds. No decision to penalise a driver is ever taken lightly.‚ÄĚ
FIA Auto Magazine- http://www.fia.com/m...ia/fia-inmotion
Edited by BackOnTop, 10 December 2012 - 07:32.