Following the subsequent round of the championship in France, FIA race director Michael Masi was asked whether the criticism of Vettel’s penalty meant similar incidents would now be treated differently.
“No,” he replied, “treat them exactly the same. My view is we’ve got a rule book there and the rule book is the one that we’ve got for the entire 2019 season. I don’t think it would be wise in any sport to change anything mid-year.
“Is it something, like any rule book, that you can look at moving forward? Absolutely. I think we’re always in constant [evolution] with everything.”
Daniel Ricciardo was give a five-second time penalty after it was found he forced Lando Norris off the track by rejoining the circuit onto the racing line.
Masi indicated the rule could be reconsidered for the 2020 F1 season, although any rules change for next year at this stage will require the unanimous approval of the teams to be implemented.
“I think if all teams agree with it, [it’s] no different to any other set of regulations,” said Masi.
“But there’s also the International Sporting Code that has its provisions in it that are also used from a code of driving conduct side. So that’s got its own process which obviously isn’t just Formula 1-specific, it’s for the entire sport. So it’s something we’ll look at collectively.”
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