Inconsistent penalty applications in Asia preceded inconsistent track limit enforcement in Qatar, and we don't have the benefit of the 2021-style FIA team radio to give some understanding behind the (lack of?) logic behind any decisions.
One of these offences had the FIA take no action, while the other had a paltry five seconds added to the Mexican's race time — hours after the chequered flag.
The impact on Perez's race? Nothing.
A carbon-copy manoeuvre of his overtaking attempt on Albon in Singapore came for Kevin Magnussen at Suzuka's hairpin.
However, the RB19's front wing didn't survive Perez's impression of a bulldozer, and Red Bull thought it best to retire the car — until they didn't.
Seemingly finding a grid drop a scarier threat than a five-second penalty, the newly-crowned champions sent their driver back out to receive his punishment in his already-ruined race.
Chaos in Qatar
Further penalties for Perez came in Qatar when the Mexican couldn't stay between the white lines, picking up 10 seconds worth of time penalties.
He wasn't the only one, with Albon, Pierre Gasly, and Lance Stroll also in the stewards' crosshairs this weekend for multiple offences of violating track limits.
You can argue that at least, for once, the FIA handed punishments out evenly, but you'll note the absence of track-limit time penalties affecting the race order at the Japanese Grand Prix as they did in Losail.
Although there was in-weekend consistency, it doesn't match up across a season, and that's a problem at the international sporting level in which F1 operates.
What's the solution?
Imagine the FIFA World Cup if the final games of the group stage had left-footed tackles immune from yellow cards, but only if the match is on a weekday after 7 PM.
It doesn't make any sense, but that's how on-and-off track limit policing must seem to a newcomer.
In a sport where precision engineering and fine margins win the day, it's baffling that such imprecise decision-making and ad-hoc punishments continue to plague the sport.
Consistency must apply to each and every incident, at each and every race, no matter where the driver or team sit in the championship or how much runoff a circuit has.
The FIA has a weekend off to reflect and improve on their problems, here's hoping that the final five rounds will be better.
The FIA issued an official response to GPFans following the publication of this piece:
"The FIA takes its responsibilities in ensuring fair and consistent regulation within Formula 1 extremely seriously. Our dedicated stewards and officials work tirelessly to enforce the rules and maintain the integrity of the sport. We understand that motorsport, like any other competitive endeavour, may involve complex and dynamic situations, and each incident is assessed based on its unique circumstances.
"However, it is crucial to emphasise that the FIA's decisions are made with utmost precision, without bias towards any team or driver. We have established processes and protocols in place to ensure that all incidents are thoroughly reviewed, and penalties are applied consistently in accordance with the regulations. Stewards have got more access, to CCTTV, onboards, live video feeds, radio communications, telemetry data, than any other teams or media outlets to take those decisions.
"We want to reassure the Formula 1 community that every decision made by the FIA is grounded in the principles of fairness, safety, and respect for the sport's regulations."
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