The Grand Prix Drivers’ Association chairman Alexander Wurz has clarified on the controversial episode from last Sunday’s race in Montreal.

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel won the Canadian Grand Prix on the track on Sunday but was demoted behind Lewis Hamilton when he was given a five-second penalty for dangerous driving in his battle with the Mercedes driver.

Wurz has said he thinks that the desire of drivers and teams for clarity on the actions permitted on the track were the reason why the penalty was given.

“We want rules for each and everything and that’s where we arrived,” he said.

The Austrian said that stewards where consistently “routing” for giving the penalty to the German driver, a decision which ultimately cost Ferrari the victory.

Wurz admitted Vettel’s actions were not worthy of a penalty but still praised the stewards for basing their decisions on a precedent. Ferrari have since said they appeal against the decision taken.

The former Benetton, McLaren and Williams F1 driver said a culture has been created in which precision was key from the FIA and the stewards were left with no room for judging individual incidents on their merits.

“Each and everyone in the system who thinks this penalty is not justified is at fault because over the years, with all these incidents and cases, the drivers and team managers asked the FIA in the open way of discussion for clarification of what is allowed and not – down to millimetre and micrometer movements. I take part in all the drivers’ meetings.

“In this whole process over the years, that is where we arrived.

“The just, rational decision of looking at a situation and making a decision based on, yes, underlying rules, but not in such fragmented, small little details, has gone.

“So it is hard to blame the FIA and the stewards for this, and this is what I don’t like in the conversation – that it goes a bit personal in this whole debate.

“We are an industry that strives for the ultimate perfection, advantage or disadvantage and penalty or no penalty. So we arrive at such a situation. One struggles almost to judge one situation without having to refer to six or 10 other similar situations.

“In reality, each and every situation is different because there are so many influences.”


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