If the paddock disagreed with it, why did Senna lose his shot at the WDC as a result and receive the penalties? Obviously a “power that be” had the power to make that happen and to overrule everyone else in F1. If we’re discussing it 24 years later, then it’s obviously a factor.
In 2008, they almost robbed Hamilton of the WDC.
It affects your ability to race massively. For instance, one driver can put 4 wheels off track or push another driver off track and there’s a slight chance of a penalty – the principal will sweet talk the stewards at the end of the race and everyone will be happy. If the driver knows that there will be no repercussions he has many more options when racing.
On the other hand, another driver chucks any qualifying lap where he puts 4 wheels off because he knows it will be used against him.
It’s just that 5%-10% higher degree of difficulty that you want to avoid as a WDC challenger.