The principles at stake in the Verstappen/Hamilton Turn 4 clash
OPINION: The FIA's decision not to investigate Max Verstappen for his move to repel Lewis Hamilton's challenge for the lead of the Brazilian Grand Prix, which resulted in both going off the track, has become the latest polarised incident in the dramatic 2021 Formula 1 title battle. Regardless of which side of the fence you sit on, the lack of consistency from those upholding the rules should be seen as a point of concern.
One of the fundamental principles of law is that laws are clear, publicised, stable and fair. It is also essential that there is consistency in their application, for the rule of law requires that laws be applied equally, without unjustifiable differentiation. Inconsistency in the way they are applied is one of the easiest ways to promote feelings of unfairness; and if such unfairness becomes accepted as the norm, then the laws effectively cease to have consent.
In sport, it is equally vital that competitors all operate to the same rule book, and understand and accept that the application of regulations are upheld in the most fairest of ways. That is why Formula 1 has got itself in a bit of a pickle over the latest incident between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton, which has left it open to accusations that the rules of racing are hazy, do not exist in writing, are wildly inconsistent and appear to favour some drivers over others.
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