Putting together the pieces of the Italian grid last Sunday was almost as hard as a 1000 piece jigsaw as almost half the grid were hit with penalties for various violations, mainly for changing engines or pieces thereof or a gearbox. To make the situation even harder was the way the FIA worked out which driver went where first and who followed and in what order and why.
At the end, only one driver started from the same position he qualified in, Lewis Hamilton on pole, and one even went ahead one place after being given a five place demotion.
Therefore, it is totally understandable that not only fans, but teams and drivers were left extremely confused when it came to the start of the 53 lap Italian Grand Prix.
When spoken to on the grid by Martin Brundle about the way drivers were penalized for engine changes, and if there was anything that could be done about it, FIA president Jean Todt, responded with, “I am not a miracle worker!”
After the race F1 Chief, Ross Brawn, has called for talks with the sport’s governing body, the FIA to change the current system into something that will be fairer all round.
“It’s an aspect of the regulations that needs looking at closely, because if it’s right in principle, its implementation is definitely difficult for fans to swallow,” Brawn stated in an official F1 newsletter. “We’ve got some ideas about how to change it and we need to discuss it in detail with the FIA to see how to improve the situation.”