What’s the one thing on every F1 fans lips post the British GP? The Kimi-Lewis crash.
The saga has dominated all talk about the British GP, especially post the race, wherein Hamilton and Mercedes went a little out of their line(pun intended) to comment on the possible ‘cheap’ tactics used by Ferrari to keep Hamilton at bay.
Kimi was awarded a 10 second penalty for the same, however, Villineuve feels that the stewards were a little biased in awarding that 10 second penalty, as had it been Bottas, the penalty would have been a 5 second one, just like in Austria(when Vettel had crashed into Bottas).
The situation and the driver made the stewards come to a 10 second penalty decision, according to Villeneuve.
“I don’t understand why it’s 10 seconds, and another time it’s five, sometimes it’s nothing,” Villeneuve said as quoted by Motorsport.com
“That’s what’s wrong. It’s racing. I don’t like it when there are racing penalties, it should be for dirty driving, which is a different thing, or stupid driving.
“They decided that it’s Lewis, we’re in the UK, he’s fighting for the championship, that’s worth 10 seconds.
“If it had been Bottas, it would have been five seconds, that’s the thing.” he added.
Villeneuve is not happy with the inconstancies of the penalties and wants the FIA and the stewards to base the penalties on the action and not the effect.
“Sometimes you see things like Verstappen in Austria, when he touched Kimi,” Villeneuve said.
“Why wasn’t that a penalty? Just because Kimi didn’t go off? If Kimi had gone off, then it would have been a penalty?
“That’s what’s wrong, it’s the action that matters, not what happens after the action, ultimately.” he added.
He also spoke about how Hamilton shouldn’t really be complaining about the outcome of the race as he wasn’t really going to win.
“Without them crashing into each other he would have been running third the whole race, not having people moving out of the way to let him by, he would destroyed his tyres,” he said.
“That ended up working out, because he was the later one to pit, so he was the one who at the end had tyres that were still OK compared to Bottas.
“He finished second after a crappy start, so he should be happy with that, because he wasn’t going to win this race. Nothing to complain about.” he concluded.