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Anything Goes: The Fun New World Of Formula One

Only four races into the 2010 Formula One season and already there’s a noticeable change into how the stewards are handling on-track transgressions. But is this a good thing? Most F1 fans would agree that some of the penalties handed out over the past few years have been, at best, bewildering and at times seemingly vindictive and unnecessarily harsh. In 2009, Sebastien Vettel received a 10 grid-place penalty following an innocuous racing incident with Robert Kubica in Melbourne. This year, however, the stewards are seemingly happy to get by with a reprimand—a stern word and a promise that the driver won’t do it again—no matter how bad the transgression happens to be. A year later, also in Melbourne, Mark Webber avoid...

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