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Author Topic: Steiner facing ‘paddock ban’ for criticising stewards  (Read 1388 times)

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Steiner facing ‘paddock ban’ for criticising stewards
« on: October 09, 2019, 12:42:40 PM »
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    This is a complete joke.
    As just one example; Leclerc forced Hamilton off the track at very high speed - risking a massive accident and possible injuries. No action taken!
    Steiner offers an opinion that a steward is an idiot - no risk/nobody hurt. Actions being considered include deducting team points!!!
    Get a grip!

    Offline Jericoke

    Re: Steiner facing ‘paddock ban’ for criticising stewards
    « Reply #1 on: October 09, 2019, 02:58:25 PM »
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  • I do understand the need for rules respecting the officials.  There needs to be a better way to escalate punishments though.  Hopefully this article is outlining the extreme options, and not the likely ones.

    Offline Alianora La Canta

    Re: Steiner facing ‘paddock ban’ for criticising stewards
    « Reply #2 on: October 09, 2019, 06:53:09 PM »
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  • I'm surprised, largely because the usual way of handling this is a nominal fine for the driver or team involved. (Scott Speed got the last one of these, using a curse word against a steward in a disciplinary meeting and getting docked $5000 in response. I believe Toro Rosso footed the bill because it boosted the image they wanted at the time). Admittedly, only an outright insult against a role occupied by volunteer in motorsports is eligible for the penalty, but it's there to prevent referee abuse and making the role less attractive to volunteers (after all, people may see this sort of thing and worry that people further down the ladder might consider following suit a good idea).

    Stewards are necessary for making motorsports work, and it is for that reason the FIA is so strict in preventing its volunteers from getting abuse. Paid staff (such as the F1 race director) and senior officials such as the President (who are assumed to be doing this as a job, despite some roles not being paid) don't get the same level of protection, and a quick apology generally gets one out of trouble.

    This is deemed completely separate to safety-related regulations by the FIA, since without volunteers, there wouldn't be an F1 for any sporting infractions to be possible.
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    Offline cosworth151

    Re: Steiner facing ‘paddock ban’ for criticising stewards
    « Reply #3 on: October 09, 2019, 08:59:55 PM »
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  • I can see regulations protecting volunteer corner marshals and such. Someone like Pirro, with 37 F1 starts & 5 overall wins at LeMans is something else altogether. I doubt someone of his standing is a volunteer, either.
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    Offline Alianora La Canta

    Re: Steiner facing ‘paddock ban’ for criticising stewards
    « Reply #4 on: October 15, 2019, 05:39:11 AM »
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  • He is a volunteer (in that he doesn't get paid) and the other three stewards with him have most likely got similar records to the corner marshals (just doing a different role). Gunther didn't specify which he meant, and the FIA has no legal grounds to classify the stewards differently according to their previous record (unless that record happens to include a major stewarding gaffe).
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