Jacques Villeneuve was already outspoken when he was active in Formula 1 – And since he has been a commentator for the French Canal+ channel during the Grand Prix, the Canadian has been even more outspoken.
This time, it is the stewards who are taking the criticism. According to him, they judged the consequences of the crash and not the incident itself.
If Jacques Villeneuve’s reflection deserves attention, the conclusion drawn by the 1997 Formula 1 world champion can also be applied to the Silverstone crash. The sporting authorities should not make a decision on a collision according to its consequences, and it is possible that they are influenced – even if only unconsciously – by shocking images. In this case, we are talking about the wheel of the Red Bull Honda on Lewis Hamilton’s helmet.
“You can’t punish one of them for something they didn’t do on purpose… if the contact started long before the manoeuvre.
“They only gave him the penalty because the wheel of the Red Bull landed on Hamilton’s head. They said they wouldn’t judge on the basis of the result, but they did,” finished Jacques Villeneuve.
A point of view that was defended at Monza as well as at Silverstone. These two events could also have been classified as simple race incidents in the eyes of this Judge.