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Sebastian Vettel: F1's rules-for-everything culture led to Canada penalty, says GPDA boss

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Formula 1 is at fault for creating a culture in which Sebastian Vettel was penalised in Canada, Grand Prix Drivers’ Association chairman Alexander Wurz says.

Wurz believes the desire of drivers and teams for clarity on permitted driving actions was to blame for the penalty.

“We want rules for each and every thing and that’s where we arrived,” he said.

Wurz said stewards acted consistently in penalising Vettel, a decision that cost the Ferrari driver victory.

The Austrian – a former Benetton, McLaren and Williams F1 driver and two-time Le Mans winner – said he did not believe Vettel’s actions should have incurred a penalty but praised the stewards for acting based on precedent.

Vettel won the Canadian Grand Prix on the track on Sunday but was demoted behind Lewis Hamilton when he was given a five-second penalty for dangerous driving in his battle with the Mercedes driver.

Vettel reacted furiously to the decision and Ferrari have said they will appeal against it.

Wurz said drivers and teams had created a culture in which they had demanded so much precision from governing body the FIA that the stewards were left with no room for judging individual incidents on their merits.

The 45-year-old told BBC Sport: “Each and everyone in the system who thinks this penalty is not justified is at fault because over the years, with all these incidents and cases, the drivers and team managers asked the FIA in the open way of discussion for clarification of what is allowed and not – down to millimetre and micrometer movements. I take part in all the drivers’ meetings.

“In this whole process over the years, that is where we arrived.

“The just, rational decision of looking at a situation and making a decision based on, yes, underlying rules, but not in such fragmented, small little details, has gone.

“So it is hard to blame the FIA and the stewards for this, and this is what I don’t like in the conversation – that it goes a bit personal in this whole debate.

“We are an industry that strives for the ultimate perfection, advantage or disadvantage and penalty or not penalty. So we arrive at such a situation. One struggles almost to judge one situation without having to refer to six or 10 other similar situations.

“In reality each and every situation is different because there are so many influences.”

This article is from the BBC Sport website / bbc.co.uk - Sebastian Vettel: F1's rules-for-everything culture led to Canada penalty, says GPDA boss

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