Bourdais gets 25s penalty

Posted on Author Keith Collantine

Felipe Massa has gained a crucial extra point in his pursuit of Lewis Hamilton in the world championship after Sebastien Bourdais was handed a 25-second penalty for his collision with Massa.

The pair clashed as Bourdais exited the pits after his final stop on lap 52.

Bourdais falls from sixth to tenth in the standings, promoting Massa to seventh and Mark Webber to eighth.

Revised race results
Revised championship standings

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  1. This penalty is wrong….

    Unless there was something we are not aware of I fail to see how it could possibly be right…

  2. Bourdais has now become the unluckiest driver in Formula 1 now.

  3. Bourdais clearly infringed rule 192-5-b.

    “no driver shall get close to, or challenge a ferrari driver and cause them to make a tit of themselves”

    25secs?? Set the FiA dogs on him..

  4. Shameless Disgusting FIA. The poor Bourdais’s career in F1 is already at risk.

  5. Can stewards be bought? How much does one cost?

  6. David Watkins
    12th October 2008, 13:38

    Yet again one wakes up to see a race result shamelessly manipulated and with Ferrari as the beneficiary. They are making it up as they go along and feel able to because mugs like me will keep on watching.

    Well not any more.

    I’ll probably watch to see if LH can get the title but next year I think I’ll be doing something else with F1 Sundays.

  7. Ha Ha we love stirring up controversy, that’s our real job!!

  8. Can someone please tell me what is going on? The FIA request that huge changes take place regarding aero packages etc in time for 2009 in order to ‘improve the show’; increase overtaking and so on. What difference will it make if, whenever anyone tries to pull a manouevre, especially against a Ferrari, they invariably receive a penalty. I have watched this sport since Senna and Mansell were dicing in the early nineties and I desperately want to maintain interest in the sport I love but, with each passing race, this is becoming increasingly difficult to do. Remove Ferrari and lets get back to racing

  9. So much hysteria over such a routine incident. Starting with the Ferrari Intervention Association and then the reaction of all our comments.

    None of this would be relevant if my driver, Hambone, had the patience not to attempt to win the race at the first turn of the first lap.

    Max Mosley is consistently redirecting the sport from competitive racing (green intiatives, common everything) and needs to distract our attention by the antics of the regulators. Vince McMahon should be the next FIA president, at least they don’t have any pretenses in the WWF, you know it’s scripted and just go along with the show.

  10. edit: just realised this was for position – i thought massa was trying to unlap himself on bourdais at the time.

  11. ***! How on earth is that right? It was even commented on at the time and afterwards by Brundle who said he couldn’t see Bourdais getting penalised. Massa cut him off, Bourdais had the racing line and he had cleared the pit exit lane demarcation line. How could he be in the wrong?

    Anyway, somebody asked for a precedent so here it is….

    Spa 2008, Hamilton penalised for tussle with Raikonnen. Look at the facts…. 1. Hamilton had the line going into the chicane… 2. There was a Ferrari involved… 3. F1 is corrupt…. 4. The Stewards are on drugs or blind or were watching a different race or are being paid a retainer by Ferrari.

    Never thought I would side with a Frenchman but Bourdais has been mistreated although he has learnt a valuable lesson… never race a Ferrari in F1.

  12. Where the stewards watching the race with their eyes or just using the force. Why didn’t they just give penalties to the other six drivers to give massa the lead. And not to mention the “sportsman like” ferrari mechanics cheering as Massa knocked Hamilton out of the race. I can’t remember the exact quote but after the race Massa said something like he has a good relationship with Hamilton. Well if I was him I shouldn’t be looking for a christmas card from him or Bourdais this year. This whole thing is just a farce. Not only that but it saddens me that this year’s championship seems as though it’s going to be decided by mechanical failure, human error and of course steward’s penalties, instead of great driving.

  13. I saw this in an internet site:
    1) Overtaking a Ferrari is not permitted under any circumstances.
    2) In the pit lane, a Ferrari always has precedence over other cars.
    3) Any driver finishing less than 25 seconds ahead of a Ferrari will be penalized 25 seconds.*
    4) If neither Ferrari finishes in first place, the stewards reserve the right to declare the result null and void (or to adjust it as necessary).
    5) Only Ferrari drivers are permitted to use anything other than ‘designated’ parts of a circuit.
    6) If forced off the ‘designated’ part of the track by a Ferrari, the guilty driver should immediately crash his car and return to the pits
    6) Any driver or team appealing against any FIA decision in favour of Ferrari may be subject to a fine and/or the deduction of points.
    *Subject to post-race adjustment by the stewards.

    Justice does not live in F1.

  14. This penalty sucks!
    I don’t think that’s Bourdais’s fault!
    I think it’s just a accident!
    FIA Ferrari International Assistance

  15. Ok,

    What the heck, I got to wonder what the stewards are thinking this year. Hamilton gets a penalty for makeing Kimi go to the right (I dont get that one). Massa got a penalty to for something (well sounds fair so far). I cant say about those two on right or wrong, but how was Sebass at fault. It looks like a racing incident to me. How dose the guy on the inside of the track cause the accident? I am not one for conspiracy’s but damn the record over this year sure seems to play in the Red’s favor. Just my 2 cents.

  16. I just have to say one more thing. In America I hear fans complain about how bad NASCAR is a consitancy of the rules. I tell them watch a season of F1. I love the racing and the cars. I can handel the lack of passing and the domination of one car but come on get the rules straight. Just my 2 cents.

  17. 25 Seconds for Bourdais for racing his line and doing a fine job of it all race and Massa racing around like and idiot closes the door and runs into him and the GIVE BOURDAIS 25 SECONDS !!!
    Why doesn’t the FIA change their name to Ferrari and get it over and done with.
    They only gave Massa a drive thru for taking out the leader of the championship by putting for tyres of the track but a guy who’s keeping his line on the track 25.
    I’m almost quitting this great sport because it is so biased, there are rules for Ferrari and there are different rules for everybody else. I just hope Massa does what he does best “choke” in China and Lewis wins it and rubs it in the FIA’S FACE. He’s black, he’s young and he drives a silver car.

  18. I make that a good ten points Bourdais has lost this year from incedents that weren’t his fault.
    It’s not just the fact that the penalty is illogical. Bourdais is fighting for his drive and he can’t afford these kind of hits. It’s a shame as I don’t think he’s been as bad as he’s painted this year.

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