As a Lewis fan, this is totally my point of view too. Full agreement from me.
There is always a former driver on the stewards panel.
I think it is ridiculous to suggest *current* drivers have a say in the potential disciplinary actions of a *current* race.
Theres so much politics and bias behind the scenes that would just make it a farce.
Personally I think the current set up that ensures at least one former driver on the stewards panel for every race is pretty sufficient — and for the most part the stewards get it right.
It frustrates me when people say, for instance, there were “too many penalties” applied in the previous race — there were a number of penalties simply because there were a number of infractions. Similarly, the stewards on this occasion ruled based on their interpretation of the rules, with the input of a former driver on the panel. Fair play for me.
A few years ago people were complaining about the stewards and FIA being “Ferrari International Assistance” or Ferrari-biased. They weren’t. They were just applying the rules on a case-by-case basis based on the interpretations of the time. They were often completely correct when you drill into it.
Now, if the argument is that the rules need changing for various reasons (which would be fair), then the teams have the power to try to instigate those changes.
BUT, complaining on this occasion was for emotional reactions and mindset reasons and not based on interpreting the rules in my opinion. Some teams want to try and influence the ‘ref’, so to speak… and likewise some teams want to get into the heads of close rivals if possible and influence the points going forwards if they can. It makes F1 fun and interesting… and we’re still talking and debating about it now, so something must be workingabout it.