Post-Oz FIA corrections

Brawn GP
It wouldn’t be an FIA sanctioned event without some sort of meddlesome behavior with the results it seems. Tragically, having a race weekend without litigious overtones has become nigh on impossible in F1 and to those ends, the results of Sundays race have been adjusted.

Apparently the Stewards, and even Sebastian Vettel (Der Seb), saw a different angle of the collision between himself and BMW’s Robert Kubica. Holding a line and showing no quarter is a racing incident. Robert could have given Der Seb as much room as Der Seb gave Robert but ultimately they both collided ending the race for the duo. Upon Der Seb’s self deprecating comments, the race Stewards deemed the move too aggressive pursuant to Article 16.1 and penalized him 10 grid spots for the next Grand Prix. Color me reactionary but this seems harsh given it was what I would consider a “racing incident”. They also fined the team $50K for telling him to remain on track with only three wheels attached during the safety car period.

Toyota didn’t escape the long arm of the FIA and were given a 25-second penalty for Jarno Trulli’s pass on Lewis Hamilton. You can see the video on the front page. The upside of this is that Lewis Hamilton is now third and scored very valuable points for McLaren in a week that was otherwise very difficult. The penalty has left Toyota in an position of appealing the decision. It has also raised the ire of Jarno Trulli:

“I can’t say how disappointed I am to finish third but have the result questioned,” he said. “The fact we were able to fight for the podium despite starting from the pit lane is down to the team.”

So the reclassified result are:

1. Button Brawn GP
2. Barrichello Brawn GP
3. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes
4. Glock Toyota
5. Alonso Renault
6. Rosberg Williams-Toyota
7. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari
8. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari
9. Sutil Force India-Mercedes
10. Heidfeld BMW Sauber
11. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes
12. Trulli Toyota
13. Webber Red Bull-Renault
14. Vettel Red Bull-Renault
15. Kubica BMW Sauber
16. Raikkonen Ferrari

So as the sun sets on the Alan Jones-snubbing-Australian grand Prix, we head for Malaysia in five days and April 14th marks the day for the FIA Court of Appeal decision concerning the controversial double-decker diffuser design so in theory, Sundays results are recorded under protest. Although Christian Horner has admitted that the teams are likely to adopt the design should the legality be upheld on April 14th. We;ll see but from my perspective, Red Bull was harshly penalized and Toyota’s results were severly hampered by a complete cock up Safety Car period.

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