F1 can't just move on from Vettel penalty - Abiteboul

Formula 1 should not just forget the controversy surrounding Sebastian Vettel's Canadian Grand Prix penalty if there is an acceptance that rules must change, reckons Renault chief Cyril Abiteboul.

F1 can't just move on from Vettel penalty - Abiteboul

Vettel's five-second penalty for rejoining the track in an unsafe manner and forcing Lewis Hamilton off the circuit in Montreal last weekend prompted a huge outcry from fans and a number of former drivers.

It also served to reopen the debate about whether or not F1 needs a major rethink about how it deals with racing – and if drivers should be given more freedom.

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Abiteboul thinks that F1 has a habit of too often moving on from controversies without discussing the need for potential improved rules, which is why he suggests talks about driving standards may be a good thing now.

"Each time there is an incident like that [with Vettel], then we talk, and we talk and we move on to something else," Abiteboul told Motorsport.com.

"That's one of the problems of Formula 1, that there is no proper - not consistency in the application of the decision - but consistency [in what is done].

"If we think that there is a problem, let's make sure that we fix the problem before we forget about the problem. And it's a little bit the same on the rules.

"I don't want to say anything about that [Vettel] incident, because frankly I didn't watch it as I was too much on my own race, but if we think that there is a problem, it needs to go in-depth.

"We just talk about it in the heat of the moment on Sunday, maybe maximum on Monday, and then we move on to something else. If it's a real problem, let's get together and discuss it."

Vettel said after Canada that he was not a fan of the way that modern F1 was so strictly governed by regulations.

"I don't like it, we all sound a bit like lawyers using the official language," he said. "I think it is wrong. It is not the sport I fell in love with when I was watching [growing up]."

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