Williams driver Alexander Albon has stated that the five-second penalties used for contact incidents are “not really teaching the drivers anything”, calling for harsher sanctions following Sergio Perez’s recent on-track incidents.
In most Formula 1 scenarios that involve one car impeding or hitting another, the FIA stewards issue a five-second penalty to the offending driver. This ruling has been used consistently in previous seasons.
However, after a set of incidents involving questionable overtakes in both Singapore and Japan, Albon has had enough of the lenient punishments.
Perez managed to finish P8 in Singapore despite receiving a five-second penalty for crashing into Albon. The Mexican's poorly judged move cost the Thai driver a crucial points finish.
A week later in Japan, Perez produced a carbon copy by taking out Haas driver Kevin Magnussen, once again only receiving the smallest of sanctions.
The Grand Prix Driver’s Association (GPDA) – the official trade union of F1 drivers – is led by George Russell. As director, the British driver was asked himself whether this was an issue worth raising from his side.
“When I look at Austin last year when I made a mistake with Carlos [Sainz] and I got a five-second for it, that was really drive-through worthy,” Russell said.
“And it's difficult, because we always say that we shouldn't judge the consequence of the incident, but sometimes you need to judge the consequence of the incident. So, I'll need to review.”
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