More discussions resulting from the Lewis Hamilton chicane controversy will take place in Singapore this weekend, according to GPDA stalwart Mark Webber. Despite Hamilton's upheld penalty and stripped victory for cutting the Bus Stop chicane at Spa-Francorchamps, and the FIA's subsequent clarification about the rules, some F1 drivers are still unhappy about the situation.
The Grand Prix Drivers' Association (GPDA) has for years pushed for run-off areas to be asphalted in the name of safety. But the result is that drivers often readily cut chicanes and then re-join the circuit without the disadvantage of the days of grass or asphalt run-off. “There will be a discussion out here,” Red Bull driver Webber revealed to BBC's Radio Five Live from Singapore.
The Australian thinks the safety advances of asphalt run-off means that cutting a chicane is now considered a "soft option" by drivers. “Lewis would probably never have had a crack at Kimi around the outside at the first part of the Bus Stop without knowing he had the option of going onto the asphalt part,” Webber, 31, said. “I think we've got to get on top of the chicanes going forward, and we're not too far away from that at the moment, where drivers know that if you gain a position or gain an advantage, you have to give it back a bit more.”