“If a driver is faulty, the team of the driver should pay”– Ferrari suggests F1 to fine the teams whose drivers cause a crash during the race.
In the last two races, Mercedes have been penalized for two major crashes; the second crash in Hungary on Sunday expelled five drivers from the race.
Out of which there was Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc too, who was devasted to see his car’s damage, and reacting to it, Ferrari’s team principal Mattia Binotto has demanded from F1 to frame a rule that mandates a team to pay for its driver’s fault.
Luck hasn’t been on our side for the first half of the season and it definitely wasn’t today. Huge shame as it was a big opportunity. pic.twitter.com/EV4bSZ6fiy
— Charles Leclerc (@Charles_Leclerc) August 1, 2021
“I think there is value for discussions soon with the other team principals, FIA and F1,” said Binotto. “Obviously, if you’re not guilty, having such damage in the budget cap is even more of a consequence now.”
“Should we add exemptions? I’m not sure that’s the solution. I think it may be very difficult to be policed. “But I think that what we may consider is that if a driver is faulty, the team of the driver should pay at least to the other teams for the damages and repairs.”
“That will make the drivers more responsible.”
It’s brutal to handle financial pressure under caps
Red Bull’s Christian Horner also asserts Binotto’s point by claiming that the financial obligation that comes under their belt despite not being at fault is brutal; he also suggests that the law doesn’t need much to look into.
“It’s brutal under the cost cap,” said Horner. “I think it re-affirms that when you have an incident that isn’t your fault, that we’re paying a significant price for that, and that’s something that isn’t budgeted for.
“It is something that I think does need to be looked at in greater detail by the FIA,” he added.