Red Bull Motorsport Advisor Helmut Marko has slated the number of
recent stewards’ investigations in F1 and has called for “common
sense” to be applied. Lando Norris and Yuki Tsunoda were
reprimanded after the São Paulo Grand Prix Sprint for failing to
remain within the maximum lap time set out by FIA Race Director
Niels Wittich for Sprint Shootout, with the times measured between
Safety Car Line 2 and Safety Car Line 1. The reprimands came less
than 24 hours after George Russell, Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly
were docked two grid positions for the Grand Prix after being found
guilty of impeding others before the end of the pit lane merge line
in Friday’s qualifying. With F1 qualifying sessions having ended
with multiple investigations in the majority of races since the
summer break ended, drivers and teams are becoming disgruntled with
the sheer volume of rules and directives that need to be adhered
to. ‘It should be about racing’ Providing his thoughts when
speaking to Sky Germany , Marko backed calls for reform. “There’s
an old saying: ‘Let them race’… I really think we need to get rid
of all these investigations and trips to the stewards,” “Let’s just
use common sense in these situations. It should be about the
racing, not for things like that.”

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