FIA racing director Michael Masi explained why they give more penalties this year for incidents that went unpunished last season, and also mentioned that judges do not give penalties based on the consequences of incidents.
The last two races have served as an example of how the FIA handles incidents this year as Norris was given a five-second penalty for not leaving enough room for Perez in Austria, and Perez received two such penalties for incidents with Leclerc.
The penalty continued at Silverstone where Russell was penalized for a similar foul in a duel with Sainz, and Hamilton was penalized with ten seconds, albeit for a much more serious incident with Verstappen in the first lap.
Masi says the FIA and teams have agreed to be stricter about incidents from this year after deciding to make some concessions after the 2019 Austrian Grand Prix, which resulted in much more freedom for drivers. "It is clear that the first lap was treated somewhat easier under the principle of 'let them race', there is no doubt about that, we let the drivers find their balance," said Masi.
"But the drivers made it clear, as did the teams at the end of last year, that they felt that the elbows started to expand a little too much last year and that they needed to be restrained a bit."
Hamilton is guilty
As for the incident of Hamilton and Verstappen, Massi said that the judges determined that Hamilton was mostly to blame for the incident.
“A similar thing happened to Charles later, then [Hamilton] managed to get a little closer to the top of the bend. I think the rules are clear, he was mostly to blame. He wasn't completely guilty, but mostly he was.
" Massi added that the judges do not award penalties based on the consequences of the accident, which in the Verstappen case were huge as he had a terrible collision and lost 25 points compared to Hamilton who was found guilty of the accident and managed to make up for the ten-second penalty.
to win. “One of the important parts that have been valid for years, as agreed in the discussion with the teams, the FIA and F1, is that the consequences of an accident must not be considered,” he said. “When judges judge an incident they judge the incident itself, not what happened after that.
And that's something that judges have been doing for years. " "They are so advised from all sides, including the teams, because if they were to take the consequences into account there are too many variables."