Formula One has rejected Daniel Ricciardo's proposal to change the unfair system surrounding the FIA road traffic incident following Sebastian Vettel's penalty at the Brazilian Grand Prix.
German avoids a punishment penalty but received a reprimand, praying 25,000 euros to "destroy" the road after failing to follow the instructions when filed for a random check in the beginning of the second quarter.
Vettel had not yet set a laptime at the time because Ferrari had ordered him to pit and change tires and kicked his understanding frustration.
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Ricciardo supported his Ferrari rival and described the situation as "unfair", and urged the FIA to change the rules that drivers could only be called after they had set a lap time.
"I think we'll talk about it probably in Abu Dhabi now, but we may have to try to add something – as you can only call if you've set a lap," he said. "I think you call the bridge before you have set a lap, they are typical to check your qualification session, which I think is a little unfair. So from this point of view, I should like to sympathize with Seb."
But the F1 race director Charlie Whiting reversed these complaints and said the law knows the rules and should know that they are going to work around them.
"There will always be a risk that you will be stopped," he said. "The [Ferrari] know it and will factor it in, which is what I always tell the law. It would be something they say: "If we do this, then it's as long as it takes, we can be stopped and have to add a minute there".
"It's quite random [Bauer, technical delegate] rarely tries to stop the first car coming in, because in a short qualified session, the first car can come in with a mechanical problem, just half a turn.
"To see that two cars come in for strategic reasons after a lap is unusual. It's just the way it goes." We always have random checks in the qualification. "