Front fairing: a rule to change (again)?

Columns: Opinion
That the best race of a driver's career, the cleanest drive on the track in difficult conditions and the most overwhelming supremacy in a World Championship were thwarted and rendered vain by the rules once he crosses the finish line, once again makes one think (f.m.)

While the rule that punishes the front fairing coming off at the end of the race - subject to numerous revisions, tests and changes over the years - has discouraged fighting without holds barred and improved (so to speak) safety on the track on the one hand, on the other it has often affected the fate of many races in a heavy and, let's face it, unfair way.
Rules are rules and sport is also made up of such things, but there are no perfect rules. There is a context of reference and a general situation that the application of this rule in the past 5 years that drivers, teams and race marshals have experienced.
There are currently enough experiences, sufficient case histories and precedents to get back to work on a rule that - as is - has run its course.
Those who saw the last lap of the race in Campillos, started by Freddie Slater with 4.9 seconds ahead of the immediate rival, hoped that those seconds would be more than 5 the next lap, without detracting from Nakamura (whom we congratulate!) because the very young British driver and reigning Champion literally put on a grand performance in a race where he did not start as a favorite and it is a shame, true and proper, that this lad, with his enormous talent, is not a two-time world champion today, especially as the displacement of his spoiler was not due to obvious misconduct towards anyone. It has been said several times that a greater discretion of the commissioners in relation to episodes leading to spoiler displacement could be a way of making this rule more meaningful and less conditioning.
We too are of this opinion: that in the presence of a report by a Race Commissioner or an appeal by other drivers following obvious incidents of incorrectness, the position of the spoiler may constitute "proof" of the crime - and here one could work with a chisel to refine the norm.
That, regardless of whatever happened (or didn't happen) in the race, a simple glance at a "crooked" front fairing could nullify top level competitions sincerely seems to us excessive.

Created by: cggiuliano - 01/11/21

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