In the run-up to the final race of the season several people have left comments here pointing out that Lewis Hamilton would already be champion had he not received that infamous penalty at Spa-Francorchamps.
Without it the drivers?óÔé¼Ôäó championship would already be over. Is that a good thing or not?
Should the drivers?óÔé¼Ôäó championship be over already?
Everyone likes a closely-fought championship and a title battle that goes down to the final race.
But because of the controversial penalty Hamilton received at Spa if Massa wins the title now it will be impossible for him to say he would have done it without the six-point swing in his favour the stewards handed him at Spa.
It?óÔé¼Ôäós a suggestion that will surely find little support among Massa?óÔé¼Ôäós fans – especially givent he problems he’s had this year. But for others it may undermine Massa?óÔé¼Ôäós credentials as champion should he win the title.
We?óÔé¼Ôäóve been here before
The situation reminds me of the 1982 title-decider. On that occasion John Watson battled Keke Rosberg for the championship at the final round.
Watson?óÔé¼Ôäós championship had been boosted by six points gained at Brazil by finishing second. Rosberg had originally been second in that race, but was disqualified for running below the weight limit by using so-called ?óÔé¼?£water cooled brakes?óÔé¼Ôäó to get around the rules.
Watson?óÔé¼Ôäós car infringed the rules in the same way in that race, yet he was not disqualified. As Rosberg ultimately won the title, it didn?óÔé¼Ôäót matter. But, much like this year, one driver faced the possibility of losing the title due to a stewards?óÔé¼Ôäó decision that many felt was dodgy.
Some might argue the penalty decision is simply bad luck for Hamilton – and Massa has had plenty of misfortune of his own.
Others might simply be glad the penalty means the drivers?óÔé¼Ôäó title has gone down to the wire ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ however it was achieved.
But many people felt Hamilton’s penalty was excessive, including 70% of F1 Fanatic readers (a figure which can’t entirely be down to nationality, as British readership of this site is around 35%). So might they feel Massa?óÔé¼Ôäós claim to be a worthy champion is undermined by the controversial decision in his favour at Spa?
Cast your vote and leave a comment below.
Would the Spa penalty diminish Massa?óÔé¼Ôäós status as champion?
- Yes (60%)
- No (37%)
- No opinion (2%)
Total Voters: 416
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- Hamilton penalty: The trial (Poll)
- McLaren claims the FIA mis-represented its own steward in Lewis Hamilton trial
- Lewis Hamilton?óÔé¼Ôäós appeal fails and Felipe Massa keeps Belgian Grand Prix win
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