John Floyd
Motorsport columnist
4 minute read
4 Aug 2021
9:59 am

FLOYD ON F1: Confusing rules are alienating the fans

John Floyd

I have to question the possible effect the application of penalties have on the traditional fan base.

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas received a five-place grid penalty for the next race after causing several retirements at the start of the Hungarian Grand Prix. Picture: Getty Images

I do not often peruse readers’ comments around F1 rules on websites, but on Monday I spent a considerable amount of time doing just that. The reason was to assess the average fan’s reaction to Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix and it made for interesting reading. I would like to assure you, having competed in local motorsport myself for many years, I accept the sport requires definite rules and regulations. And, by signing an entry form and receiving a competition licence, you agree to abide by the rule book.You may not agree with all of them, but in old parlance, “rules...