In a story from Autosport, Jarno Trulli has been quoted as saying he feels the drivers should have been removed from the championship as well. they are part of the team and they all work as one team. JPM also said as much last week. So should the team win and suffer as a team? Was Max crafting a penalty that would send a message about spying but not harm the money-making juggernaut that is this years title chase and more specifically, Lewis Hamilton?

Or is Jarno just being difficult?

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LennyKey
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LennyKey

This is man who knows what he is talking about…and Grace tries to pick on his hair… for shame!

JYS Fan
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JYS Fan

LennyKey,

I’m going to have to agree with you the drivers benefited from the “cheating” by McLaren too. I know the FIA didn’t want to kill the exciting season, but are they interested in “justice” or an exciting season?

John “did someone say 2 faced” Stone

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BobHereYo

Outstanding post! It really makes you wonder and I would have to agree with Jarno the Unoffical #1 driver at Toyota.

Grace
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Grace

I think the bottom line here is “should” they punish the drivers and “would” they punish the drivers are two very different things. Should they have, yes. Would they, heck no.

kuharious
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kuharious

My personal opinion is that the drivers should have suffered too. Maybe not to the extent of losing points but maybe the prize money they have won to date. If they want to win by cheating(yes they did cheat and cheated big) they should not have been compensated for it. Hit them where it hurts. For the love of money! Maybe they will think twice before they send stupid emails or try to black mail the boss.

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Grace

No, the shouldn’t. What’s the point of being right and just and principled if no one is watching and F1 loses money? The FIA’s goal was to stop the teams from “cheating” and that was accomplished by busting McLaren only. They don’t care if we’re unhappy about it or not, especially because we’re still watching.

Ultimately, they had to compromise between what was right and what would not damage the series and giving the drivers an “out” prior to the ruling was an excellent way to make this compromise look legit.

kuharious
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kuharious

Whether Lewi was on any of the e-mails does not matter in my eyes. The constructor(therefore the car ) was demed illegal. The drivers are in essence are driving an illegal car. My point is to strip them of their money NOT their points. That way the fans are not hurt, the better driver can win the championship, the FIA looks like they are doing the just thing, and everyone is happy.

Grace
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Grace

I agree with NC. It doesn’t matter if us anoraks aren’t happy, we’re still watching. And to me as a fan, the money means very little because it doesn’t effect the race results. Points hurt, money not so much.

kuharious
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kuharious

NC -It would make me personally feel better. At least I would know that the FIA acknowledges the drivers were winning in illegal cars.

Grace – Money does hurt especially if it is alot of money. No one likes to lose money even if you have tons of it.

My $.02. Lets get back to racing…