Throughout the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend, complaints about the regulations were abundant, including when Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg continued to argue about the yellow flag incident of qualifying.
Rosberg was summoned by an FIA document timed at 7.16pm, over three hours after qualifying ended, after new evidence emerged, but deemed he did slow down sufficiently to respect the yellow flags.
Speaking after winning Sunday’s race in Hungary, Hamilton aired his criticism of the decision, believing it sets a bad example. The Brit believes that the failure of the F1 governing body FIA’s stewards to penalize Rosberg for completing part of his Hungary pole position lap under double-yellow flags sends the wrong message to young drivers.
“Well the stewards needs to come up with some kind of solution,” Hamilton said.
“The whole 23 years of racing, it has been ‘if it’s yellow flag, you slow down’ and if it’s double yellow flag, you be prepared to stop and Nico was doing the same speed at the apex as I was doing on the previous timed lap.
“If there happened to be a car that was spun or a marshal on the track, it would have been pretty hard for him to have slowed down in that case.
“The fact that he didn’t get penalised for it means that we need to be careful because the message we’re sending not only to the drivers here but also to the drivers in the lower categories is that it’s now possible for you to lose only one tenth of a second in a double waved yellow flag section which is one of the most dangerous scenarios with the double yellow flags.
“They need to clear that up because before it was two-tenths that you were meant to lose with one yellow flag and half a second with two yellow flags.
“It wasn’t the case yesterday and there was no penalty, so going into the next race, we could be battling for pole position and we see double yellow flags and we know we only have to do a small lift and lose one tenth of a second and we’ll be fine and go purple in the sector.
“So that’s why it does need to be clarified and I’m sure Charlie [Whiting, FIA race director] and the stewards are going to do so because it needs to be clear.”
Mercedes team boss, Toto Wolff, insisted that, “Rules are rules,”.
“If Lewis raised this issue, it is only because there are too many rules. We need to do something to reduce the amount of rules and make them simpler and easier.”