Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Yas Marina, 2012

Todt urges F1 stewards to focus on consistency

2012 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Yas Marina, 2012FIA president Jean Todt praised the work of Formula One race stewards and urged them to ensure consistency in their decisions.

“Rather then always applying penalties you must analyse the consequences of the penalties,” Todt told a meeting led by F1 race director Charlier Whiting. “Consistency, for me, is crucial.”

Copies of notes produced by the stewards at each race weekend are now being supplied to other stewards who were not present at those races in a bid to improve consistency.

Todt told the stewards: “You have a very difficult job but you are now better supported by all the electronic facilities which help in analysing incidents.

“The only thing you should now concentrate on, other than the good job you are doing, is how to do it better. It would be good to speak to your partners, the teams and the drivers, who can give you good input.”

A total of 60 penalties were handed down to 22 of the 25 drivers who competed in 2012. The stewards backed a plan to introduce a points system under which a driver would automatically receive a ban for committing multiple transgressions.

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