In the round-up: Max Verstappen called attention to championship rival Lewis Hamilton's fine for a safety rules breach after the Sao Paulo Grand Prix, pointing out it was less than he received for a parc ferme violation.
Verstappen comments on Hamilton fine
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Hamilton was fined €5,000 – with a further €20,000 fine suspended until the end of the 2022 F1 season – for disconnecting his seatbelts after his victory in Brazil before stopping in the pits.
The previous day Verstappen was fined 10 times as much after video footage showed him inspecting and touching the rear wing on Hamilton's car in parc ferme. The rear wing subsequently failed a technical inspection, though the stewards ruled that was not a consequence of Verstappen touching it.
"It's not allowed to touch the rear wing any more, that's for sure, otherwise you have a very expensive fine," Verstappen observed in an interview for DAZN . "But apparently you can drive with your seatbelts loose. It's cheaper, I might think about that."
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Comment of the day
Examples from other sports show F1 doesn't need to replace its rotating stewards with permanent ones.
I am against the idea. Permanent stewards opens greater room for corruption. I think the permanence of the stewards is a bit of a red herring. In many sports the officials are rotated and it's not a problem. If anything the whole process should be more transparent or publicised. Why not have the panel of stewards decisions highlighted in the broadcasts, that way the inconsistencies can be more easily recognised. A post race press conference with the stewards would be amazing.
Whiting was starting to be more transparent about why certain decisions were made towards the end of his time, you could agree or disagree but the reasoning was clear. Despite opening up things like message broadcasts to the race director, the behind the scenes decision making is very opaque. Tristan ( @Skipgamer )
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