Head questions penalty consistency

Despite satisfaction at the overturning of Ralf Schumacher's 10-place demotion on the Hungarian GP grid at last week's FIA Court of Appeal, Williams technical director Patrick Head has questioned the consistency of rule application in Formula One

Head questions penalty consistency

"We did not think Ralf had performed culpable acts at the start at Hockenheim," Head said in Hungary. "The thrust of our case was that it was the leading edge of Rubens' right front wheel that touched the trailing edge of Ralf's left rear wheel. So Ralf was ahead and we didn't consider that he had moved in a way that was incorrect and unprincipled."

He then added: "You could say that there are certain people quite close to Ralf Schumacher who have made movements that I've seen this year that I have thought have been extraordinary and I'm very surprised that comment hasn't been made..."

Head was referring to Michael Schumacher's chopping of Fernando Alonso at Silverstone and, when pushed, explained: "I thought that was beyond extreme and I was amazed that nothing was said. But a person I was talking to explained that there wasn't actually an accident and that there won't be an investigation unless a car goes off the track and doesn't continue running.

"If I was a driver I'd be saying: ' I've watched Michael Schumacher going off the line and I've seen what he does, and I've seen what happened to Ralf, and I don't really know what I'm allowed to do."

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