|© AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko
Miffed about the penalty handed to Sebastian Vettel at the German Grand Prix, Red Bull has raised the need to rework the punishments meted out by the FIA.
The defending champion had overtaken the McLaren of Jenson Button in the closing stages of the outing at Hockenheim, in what the stewards deemed as an illegal pass, handing out a 20 second penalty to the German after the race.
This dropped the two-time world champion from second to fifth in the final classification, with an annoyed Red Bull motorsport advisor Helmut Marko saying that the sentence equated to “condemning a chicken thief to the death penalty”.
“What I meant was that the penalty was too harsh for what had happened” Marko told the official Formula 1 website. “But what you didn’t read anywhere is that the FIA stewards can only impose this 20-second penalty - there is nothing else in the regulations.
“I would say that it would make a lot of sense to differentiate this penalty into five, ten and 20 seconds. Not all offences are the same, but right now they tar them all with the same brush - and I don’t think that this is correct,” he explained.
“I think that a five-second penalty would have done it in this case, which would have meant that he finished third - so going back to the initial situation. That would have been adequate,” Marko reasoned.
“I think time penalties should be scaled, so that if the stewards decide on a penalty they have more options than to impose the maximum,” he clarified.