After Singapore Grand Prix Qualifying, Max Verstappen received two reprimands for two separate cases of impeding drivers.
The first reprimand came as a result of Verstappen’s impeding of Yuki Tsunoda, and the second one for holding a queue of cars in the pitlane. The problem with this is that in the past drivers regularly received grid penalties for similar infringements.
This was also noted by several drivers, including Lewis Hamilton, who had fun at the Japanese Grand Prix Thursday press conference, after Verstappen’s team-mate Sergio Perez declined to comment on the incident.
Then, ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix, the FIA admitted that not penalizing Verstappen was a mistake.
During his media duties, Lewis was asked if he was satisfied that now there’s clarity on the matter.
“Not really,” the Briton said.
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“How many years have we… That rule has been the same for ages, you know? I think we need to start looking into AI for this sort of thing, so we get good decisions.
“I would like to see whether AI could do a better job or not,” Hamilton concluded.
His team-mate George Russell also admitted the decision not to penalize Verstappen was “a bit strange”.
“It was definitely a bit strange to see even Max got away with those reprimands last week,” George said.
“We obviously always look for consistency. We appreciate it’s not easy in the best of times, but last week was obviously a bit of a slam dunk.
“So it was strange why it didn’t happen,” Russell concluded.