RE: FIA Breaks Own Rules For Viewer Ratings - Off To Court
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Total farce and as I mentioned to you elsewhere, I can't see anything changing. The 5 second penalty's an interesting point but... if Mercedes successfully appeal this one and Max gets a penalty, I suspect there'll be a counter appeal for the initial clash at turn 9. Which will probably prompt another appeal for something else that happened. Do you know what the longest period between a race ending and a penalty being applied is? I think it took them a couple of days to give Max his pointless 10 second penalty after Saudi Arabia.
How can the FIA take the trophy away from Verstappen when they were the ones who messed up?
Thinking about this further, it could be compared to a referee making a mistake in a cup final. The players and team aren't to blame, everybody's up in arms over the injustice of it all and the result is never changed after the event. The justification of "it all evens itself out over the course of the sesaon" is often spouted (which we know isn't true).
Question marks over the last 3 races has dominated the sport instead of what happened on the track.
Like you say, they got the drama they wanted. The controversy. The viewing figures. Is this what the future of F1 looks like under Liberty Media's leadership? It's exciting - I'll give them that!
Imagine changing the rules on something so important turning the outcome on it's head.
A total embarrassment and it'll take a long time to come to terms with it. I can't imagine what those within the Mercedes factory are feeling. The Hamilton's took it remarkably well (on camera).
They have 4 days to lodge an appeal which they have already done. Yes the Championship can be taken away still so nothing is final as yet. The Court of Arbitration for Sports is the final deciding factor for Mercedes which if it goes this far will not be good for the FIA or Verstappen and Red Bull. When something is so blatantly wrong this needs to be sorted out. The FIA have breached their own regulations and could lose teams now because of this. What is stopping them from screwing someone else over next year so this is what is of more concern to all teams. There is no way the FIA are walking off with this decision as it stands as Mercedes will fight on principle.
Wow. When you put it like that, it really doesn't make for easy reading (not that it did anyway!) I don't know enough about The Court of Arbitration for Sports or the power that they hold to understand if they have the power to change a sports' result or just to issue a fine...?
The cynic in me says that they'll just increase the prize money. More viewers, more sponsorship, more money, bigger prizes...
You've already said it - it's such a shame this is the focus of attention. I'm looking forward to talking about the 2022 changes and how we should see much closer action without "the dirty air".