Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Spa-Francorchamps, 2012

Domenicali calls for tougher driving standards

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Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Spa-Francorchamps, 2012In the round-up: Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali calls for action on driving standards after Romain Grosjean is banned for one race for causing a crash.


Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

Belgian GP – Domenicali: ??The important thing is that Fernando is fine” (Ferrari)

“As for the accident, I can only say that the judgement falls to the FIA: what is certain is that, it would be better if, starting with the junior formulae, rules relating to on-track behaviour were enforced in an inflexible manner, so as to have drivers as well prepared as possible when they reach this, the highest level of motor sport.”

Schumacher plays down Ecclestone’s comments (BBC)

“‘Ecclestone told BBC Sport: “I’m sorry that he’s leaving us not being a winner, because he is a winner.’ But asked if he knew Schumacher, whose deal ends at the end of the year, would quit Ecclestone said: ‘I don’t know.'”

Hamilton calm after crash (The Telegraph)

“Who cares what I think, what you think and what he thinks. It will probably come up at the drivers? briefing [at Monza] but I won?t say anything about it. I am just going to refocus on the next race.”

Alonso crashes out, but still feels lucky (Reuters)

“It looked scary, didn’t it? It just reminds us… we become slightly nonchalant. We see so many big enormous shunts and we are just used to the driver hopping out. Fortunately on this occasion he did. You realise that they come inches away from not hopping out of the car on those incidents so…fortunate for him and the sport that we got away with a big accident today.”

Q&A with Red Bull?s Sebastian Vettel (F1)

On his battle with Michael Schumacher: “He, we were both pretty much on the limit and he is a wily fox and doesn?t give you a lot of space. But that is the fun in fighting with him. I don?t have any problem with that. I believe that the whole situation stemmed from a misunderstanding. He wanted to pit and I didn?t. So the message is that nobody is to blame. And thank god we both got away with it.”

Loose wheel caused Karthikeyan crash (Autosport)

Narain Karthikeyan: “Something went wrong with the pit stop. The bolt was cross-threaded and then it came off. I was lucky it didn’t come off at Eau Rouge or something like that.”


Comment of the day

Romain Grosjean’s one-race ban provoked a lot of comments. Here are two I found most interesting:

While it may seem inconsistent, I think the stewards are getting fed up with the cumulative effect of some of the younger drivers? aggressive errors taking out other people, and want to make a statement to put everyone on notice for the rest of the season.

Yes, judicially speaking, the result may be viewed by some (or many) as “inconsistent”, but there is value in setting an example when you?ve had enough, if you feel you may be losing control of the situation. Even at the expense of an idealistic idea of fairness, no matter how warranted.

These “errors” are being caused by over-optimism, lack of caution, over-aggressiveness, lack of respect for fellow drivers, all of which have emotional bases. To reset emotional baselines you sometimes need the nuclear option, even if one driver gets dealt with a bit differently than a previous one.

The steward?s statement says ??It eliminated leading championship contenders from the race.??

So, basically you can crash as much as you want in the back of the field? Just take out Alonso/other ??championship contender?? and you?re banned? Should be equal rules for everyone??

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  1. Domenicali’s call is absolutely right. Just look who’s the most trigger-likes in F1 now. That’s Maldonado and Grosjean and they’re GP2 champions. I understand young guns make many mistakes but they’re rarely punished compared to F1.

    I think this is why Maldo and Gro make so many crashes. Even with such crashes, they were able to be champion because 1) they’re not punished enough 2) others made much more mistake. They won titles in such manner and I believe they think it would work in F1 too.

    Don’t get me wrong. They’re fast. No argue with it. But they should have learned safety prior to going fast. Unfortunately, it might not be the case now.

    1. @eggry I would add another GP2 champions to this list: Lewis Hamilton. It’s him, Grosjean and Maldonado who crashes most often on Sundays.

  2. You can’t help but agree with Domenicali here. Grosjean and Maldonado are both drivers with great potential but have both shown how easy it is to throw away that. Grosjean is the first driver to be banned since 1994 which I find astonishing and this is not going to do anything to boost his profile. It is really frustrating to see such a talented driver ruin his and other peoples races. 7 out of 12 races he has had a first corner collision this year which quite simply isn’t good enough.

    As for Maldonado, no points since his win and more collisions and a jump start is not doing anything to hamper his profile either.

    These two drivers are extremely exciting drivers to watch but if they continue like this the word ‘exciting’ will change to ‘scary’.

  3. Maybe still money talks, but I think Sir Williams got to seriously think about ditching MAL for next season. All though this season, I tended to accommodate certain amount of crashes made by him as a learning process but here at SPA following Hungary and Silverstone wire in wire, that goes way beyond my even reasonably higher set tolerance threshold.
    And same applies to GRO in a lesser extent though. I hope LOTUS give serious thoughts on GRO’s seat over there. Ban on one race might sound harsh if it was only for this race but can be seen as not enough with what’s been accumulated thru the season.

    BTW, I wondered why the race was not aborted when MAL jump started. In which case restarting might have sort of prevented the catastrophic accident based on a lot of ‘ifs’.

    1. I heard that Frank is really fond of Maldonado (or it might be his sponsorship money)

  4. After Grosjean’s stupidity on Sunday, is it time for F1 to consider rolling starts?
    They tend to avoid jumpstarts and immediate colisions as long as they are conducted properly.

    1. Where the pit limiter is used until the lights go green.

  5. I’ve noticed a few people over the summer break have commented on the lack of news surrounding the 2013 calendar and rule changes. I’ve just found out that the next meeting of the World Motorsports Council is on 28 September – the week after Singapore – so we should find out plenty then.

  6. On this basis the FIA should precautionarily ban Pastor Maldonado for “ruining the spectacle” for Singapore and replace him with Valtteri Bottas (just to make sure Pastor doesn’t take out any title contenders again).

  7. Totally agree with @kaiie on their COTD. That’s something I picked up on when I commented on the leading article. It’s not a viable excuse from the FIA and if that’s their reason for punishing Grosjean more than anyone previous then it is a sorry state of affairs. Arguably the midfield and backmarkers have more to fight for, their in more sensitive financial positions so every point can be crucial for survival, let alone a championship.

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