So we've discussed the events of Abu Dhabi in great detail, and it made me think - did we have any similar cases in the past where the stewards and/or race director have not followed the sporting regulations?
The one that sticks out in my mind is Silverstone 1998. To summarise what happened:
- Schumacher passed Wurz under yellow flags on lap 43/60.
- Stewards issued Ferrari with a 10 second time penalty.
- Penalty was not issued to the team within 25 minutes of the incident (part of the sporting regs at the time).
- Stewards also issued the wrong penalty (should have been a 10 second stop/go, which was the standard penalty at that time).
- Schumacher ended up serving a stop/go penalty on the last lap after the S/F line. The stewards added 10 seconds to his race time after the cock-up. This was also against the sporting regs since that type of penalty could only be issued for incidents occurring in the last 12 laps of the race.
- All penalties were eventually rescinded.
- At the FIA ICA the FIA admitted that the stewards had ballsed the whole thing up, who were subsequently forced to resign. There were no retrospective penalties applied to Ferrari.
This article explains it quite well:
And 1:12:20 of the season review video:
Would be interested in hearing any other cases. Please note that this is not to discuss cases where the stewards have made a dubious call on a racing incident or anything of that kind.