Here, he shares his hot takes after round 7 of the 2019 season in Canada… After the incident in which Sebastian Vettel momentarily ran off the track in Turns 3 and 4 on the 48th lap, before re-joining in a slightly robust fashion just as it appeared that Lewis Hamilton was about to dive alongside and snatch the lead after pressuring him into the mistake, there was much discussion when it was announced that he had been given a five-second penalty.
Among the drivers we talked to in a brief vox pop, 80 percent deemed it to be a racing incident that needed no further action, while the majority of team bosses were in favour of the penalty.
I’ve been reading a lot of social media reaction to the penalty, and there has been some very vindictive criticism of the stewards, who comprised former F1 racer and five-time Le Mans victor Emanuele Pirro, German lawyer Gerd Ennser, Mathieu Remmerie and Canadian Mike Kaerne.
READ MORE: Vettel's Canada penalty - The Stewards' decision in full The hard truth is that the drivers have brought such decisions on themselves.
The particular rule guideline in question says that if a driver returns unsafely to the track, the sanction is either a five- or 10-second penalty or a stop-and-go, which means that in this instance they gave Sebastian the minimum penalty they could.