minchy wrote:My opinion remains that Red Bull gained an advantage over other teams that race
How can you know that they gained an advantage? Rather than not be put at a disadvantage?
That's kind of what I mean. At present RBR were disqualified for both not following the technical directive and for gaining an advantage. If the outcome of this is that they did not gain an advantage and technical directives are not classed as being part of the rules and reg and do not need to be followed, then the other teams who followed the technical directive were put at a disadvantage through no fault of their own. That is where all the problems may arise if RBR win the appeal.
It's almost like a petting farm I took my daughter to the other day (bare with me on this!), lets say that the law is the same as the technical and sporting regulations, and the rules of the park are the same as the technical directives. The park say that smoking is not permitted on the site, however, it is open air and on private ground so there is no law against it even though it is open to the public (trust me, I looked it up). So if someone smokes at the park, they have broken no laws, but the park is within it's rights to escort them from the premises with no refund even though the person did not break the law. (btw, I didn't get thrown off the premises, just told off by the staff as I hadn't seen the signs
I know that last paragraph is a little confusing and really not much to do with this at all, but I think that f1 needs something like 'the buck stops here' rather all all this 'it's not written down, therefore we can fight it in an appeal' as things like this and the merc test fiasco last year just take too much time and really turn off most casually viewing people other than the fans like ourselves. Imagine if appeals were allowed in the FIFA world cup, where bad referee decisions happen all the time and replays just 5 mins later show how bad the decision was. The tournament would go on until the next was due 4 years later!
What ever the outcome of this doesn't really bother me either way. What I'm actually annoyed with is the FIA for not being able to enforce the 100kgs/hour rule accurately enough and had to give the technical directive in the first place, and then to be unable to enforce the directive. And also RBR for purposefully ignoring the directive as they believed they were within their rights to. It's the difference between sportsmanship and gamesmanship, 1 is performing in a gentlemanly like fashion, the other using dirty tactics to get the edge in the competition.
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