F1 Teams Unhappy with FIA Decisions in Singapore Grand Prix: Calls to Reopen and Explain Singapore Verdicts

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F1 Teams Unhappy with FIA Decisions in Singapore Grand Prix. Dissatisfaction is brewing within the Formula 1 community, with F1 teams expressing their discontent over recent decisions made by the FIA. 

Teams are now raising their voices, demanding that these decisions be reopened and explained, emphasizing the need for transparency and consistency in FIA’s penalty process. 

Additionally, a viral social media post has amplified the call for a reevaluation of the Singapore verdicts, setting the stage for a critical discussion within the F1 world.

F1 Teams Unhappy with FIA Decisions in Singapore Grand Prix

The aftermath of the 2023 Singapore Grand Prix has witnessed a growing sense of discontent among F1 teams regarding the decisions made by the FIA. 

The crux of this unease centers on the controversial incident involving Max Verstappen and the perceived leniency of the penalties imposed. 

Multiple F1 teams have voiced their displeasure and have even called for a reevaluation of the Singapore verdicts. 

This collective dissatisfaction underscores the need for greater clarity and consistency in the way the FIA handles such incidents, as the F1 community seeks a more transparent and equitable process.

Max Verstappen’s Controversial Incident

The Singapore GP witnessed a controversial incident involving the renowned driver Max Verstappen. 

This incident revolved around Verstappen’s alleged impeding of fellow racer Yuki Tsunoda during qualifying

What added to the intrigue was the surprising decision by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) not to penalize Verstappen for this action. 

This incident, coupled with the ensuing debates, has intensified the scrutiny on the FIA’s decision-making process and the quest for fairness in Formula 1.

Teams’ Reaction

The reaction of various F1 teams following the controversial incidents at Marina Bay Circuit has been palpable. 

Expressing their dissatisfaction with the FIA’s decisions, these teams are demanding more clarity and transparency

Their collective call to reopen and explain the verdicts demonstrates a shared concern for consistency in how penalties are administered in F1

This outcry from teams highlights the growing importance of equitable judgment in the sport.

Seeking Clarity and Consistency

The Formula 1 community is increasingly emphasizing the necessity for transparency, consistency and clarity in the enforcement of penalties by the FIA

The recent controversy surrounding Max Verstappen’s incident in Singapore has brought this issue to the forefront. 

While there’s a push for adhering to established standards, there’s also recognition of the need for flexibility in certain cases. 

Striking a balance between these aspects is becoming vital in ensuring fair and transparent decisions in the sport.

Pierre Gasly’s Words

Gasly expressed his frustration with the FIA’s decision not to penalize Max Verstappen for impeding Tsunoda during the Singapore Grand Prix.

He stated,

“It could be down to the way I look at it, I don’t know. Anyway, I will start discussing this [with the FIA], because I don’t quite understand it.”

Addressing the issue of consistency, he emphasized,

“I’m not going to open the topic – it’s just, make it black and white.”

Pierre Gasly also added,

“I don’t quite understand the rules. I did read them and know the rules, but they don’t always translate to what happens on the track.”

“To be honest, it didn’t affect my race. I got the maximum out of it so that’s fine, but a few times it felt a bit unfair to me.”

Alex Albon and Lando Norris Thoughts

“It was a bit disappointing, of course, in the race last week. Points for us, especially as they come long and far away from each other, so not to be able to score points was a bit of a shame.”

“But all forgiven. We’re going to Suzuka now, a track that should play a bit more into our car. But yeah it was disappointing, more because we didn’t have many hopes going into Singapore last weekend.”

“So to be in a position where we could have almost score points was exciting. And then normally as long as we kept on track, we would have scored some points but we didn’t. I think it’s quite a tricky one.”

“Consistency, we push on it a lot of drivers, as teams as well and viewers, but it’s a tricky one. For example, you can take my incident with Checo when he has a five-second penalty.”

“It’s consistent with everything else, but is it really consistent? Fair? Maybe not. So I do think there needs to be flexibility in some ways.”

Meanwhile, Lando Norris of McLaren added his perspective, highlighting the importance of transparency and consistency in decisions made by the FIA. 

He emphasized, 

“I don’t want to say too much as I’ll just create controversy. I think the blocking one on track was the one that should have been a penalty.”

“You’ve got nothing else to do the whole lap, you’ve got to look in your mirrors, and it seems like a lot of people struggle to do that. It should just be harsher penalties for blocking people because so many people do it.”

“It ruins your lap, it ruins your qualifying. It put Yuki out in qualifying. He was P1 in Q1 and probably would have been P1 in Q3…all the way! Just no one seems to care enough.”

Norris echoed the sentiments of many in the F1 world, underscoring the significance of fairness and consistency in the sport.

Thoughts of Mercedes’ Drivers

Lewis Hamilton reflecting on the matter said,

“We always push and work closely with the FIA to have consistency, and there has been some variation, so we have to continue to work on it for sure. It definitely sets a bit of a precedent.”

“You want to have consistency across the board. It seemed pretty clear-cut with a number of those incidents. It was strange that they got away with that one in the pit lane.”

“It didn’t really affect any results, but it doesn’t matter if you’re leading the championship or last; if you get in somebody’s way, you should be penalized for it.”

Whereas, George Russell felt as below

“The decisions definitely set a bit of a precedent. You want to have consistency across the board.”

“It seemed pretty clear-cut with a number of those incidents. It was strange that they got away with that one in the pit lane.”

” It didn’t really affect any results, but it doesn’t matter if you’re leading the championship or last; if you get in somebody’s way, you should be penalized for it.”

Charles Leclerc Voiced his Opinion

“I was a bit surprised, especially about the one in the pit lane because that could open quite bad situations in the future.”

“But it’s always an open discussion with the FIA, trying to explain our point of view and improve.”

“I’m sure we’ll have that tomorrow evening in the drivers’ briefing.”

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Verstappen’s Response

Max Verstappen, in response to the FIA’s decision, had this to say:

“Every single instance is different. The only thing I can say about Singapore is that I explained what happened when I was sitting in the car, the information that was given to me.”

That was the only thing I could do. Then it is up to the stewards to make that call.”


In conclusion, the aftermath of the Singapore Grand Prix has brought to the forefront a growing sense of discontent within the Formula 1 community. 

The controversial incidents, particularly involving Max Verstappen, have raised questions about the transparency and consistency of the FIA’s penalty decisions. 

F1 teams have collectively expressed their dissatisfaction, calling for a reevaluation of the verdicts and seeking explanations.

This collective outcry underscores the importance of equitable judgment and a more transparent process in ensuring fairness within the sport. 

As Formula 1 moves forward, the debates and discussions surrounding these incidents are likely to shape the future of how penalties are administered in the sport.

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