In 2018 at Baku, subsequent to analysis of telemetry data, FIA concluded there was no proof that the front car (Lewis Hamilton) was involved in brake-testing during safety car restart. In that case, the car behind (Sebastian Vettel) was handed a 10-second penalty since it had run into the back of front car.

In 2021 at Jeddah, front car (Max Verstappen) was penalized for brake-testing the car behind (Lewis Hamilton). Differences between the two events are

i). Latter event did not happen during a safety car restart.

ii). Latter event did not happen at the low-speed corner but at the high-speed long straight.

Ignoring the manoeuvre of Sebastian Vettel that followed the brake-testing event (swerving into the front car), penalty in the first event went to the car behind since it ran into the back of front car and in the second event, front car was penalized since it had brake-tested the car behind although in that case, the car behind had run into the back of front car.

Were the rules applied equally in both the events? Are there any FIA guidelines on brake-testing during a race and safety car restart?

Second event is a bit contentious since the front car had slowed down to let pass the car behind based on the decision of the stewards. Considering the high speed long straight of Jeddah and the slow speed corner at Baku, telemetry data are bound to be different. Since the relative speed of the cars was different in both cases, how were the telemetry data analyzed?

  • It should be noted that the 10 second (stop ang go) penalty for Vettel was not because of "run into the back of front car" - but rather for his reactionary "manoeuvre" in which he went along side Hamilton and swerved into him intentionally.
    – ImClarky
    Dec 27, 2021 at 13:34


Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.