Twice in two races Paul di Resta has been penalised for breaking his own front wing with no damage to the guy he hit. How does that make sense?
Because it damaged his front wing, which means that it had the potential to do damage to the car in front, even if that car escaped unscathed on both occasions. The FIA seem to have a new philosophy of prevention rather than cure. We saw it with the safety car before the race stoppage – it was deployed two or three laps because it was really needed, “just in case” something happened. By penalising di Resta for those incidents, they’re trying to stamp out his behaviour before he actually does take someone out.
It’s just a case of handling the drivers with kid gloves too much. And it probably didn’t help that Gary Connelly was one of the stewards in Montreal – he is, after all, the man who destroyed the WRC with the idiotic “Super Rally” rules and shortening events to be more television-friendly. With Connelly, it’s really a case of “It’s not broken, so why are you trying to fix it?”