Originally Posted by sugarbutch
We do not disagree, but there has been a lot of off-track adventuring since the paved runoff has become prevalent, and this is the first time in my recollection that such a penalty has been issued. Note that the reg refers to gaining an advantage, not just passing. I recall a certain Kimi Raikonnen's excursion at Spa which allowed him to continue where in the past he would have been been in the wall or beached. I used to be enthusiastic about this change in the tracks, but now I think the stakes are too low for going off so the drivers are taking some ridiculous chances.
Couldnt agree more. Its too easy. And Maldonado wouldnt have hit hamilton if there was grass or gravel.
We need a penalty for the behavior. If all 4 wheels cross the white line: no DRS for 1 race distance, no KERS for a race distance, 5 place grid penalty for each infraction, stop and go (not thru the pits, though), give up a place regardless of how far behind P-next is.
There needs to be a risk. It doesnt have to be danger. Time is just as effective.