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Sutil criticizes penalty decisions

Sep 18, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

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Adrian Sutil has hit out at Formula One’s stewards, claiming they have reacted to and penalized infractions in an inconsistent fashion.

Sutil received a three-place grid penalty for holding up Lewis Hamilton during qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix, but said he had been impeded in a similar fashion in Belgium but no penalties had been handed down.

“I think they just wanted to make an example now to say ‘we are consistent in penalties’,” Sutil said to Autosport.

It was the second time this year Sutil had been penalized for holding up Hamilton – he also did so while being lapped by the Mercedes driver in Canada.

Sutil also criticized the stop-go penalty given to Pastor Maldonado in Belgium, describing it as inconsequential given Maldonado’s low position in the running order. The Williams driver collided with Sutil and team mate Paul di Resta, putting the latter out of the race.

“I think the penalty for Maldonado was a joke,” said Sutil. “He was out of the race anyway after this incident and he gets, what, a drive-through? He deserved a grid position penalty.”

“The problem is that sometimes there are drivers that are kind of stupid,” he added. “They have no intelligence, and for them we need all the rules.”

  1. kashwinner - Sep 18, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Funny to see Sutil calling Maldonado’s penalty a joke, considering how it could have been his car that was taken out. He’s a joke himself.

  2. apexassassin - Sep 18, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    If any driver besides Sutil, Maldonado, or Grosjean made this claim it would have much more merit. For what it’s worth having rotating driver stewards and no real continuity is only hurting the credibility of the sport and I agree with Sutil… even typing that just seems wrong somehow.

  3. indycarseries500 - Sep 19, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    IndyCar, ALMS, Grand Am and NASCAR all have one group of traveling stewards and they’re not much, if any, better.

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