… or rough justice?
I have had time to read the analyses in the weekly specialist press and the national newspapers, and have replayed my video of the incident countless times. While I can see that, at first glance, Eddie Irvine appears to be 100 per cent culpable for the accident that provoked so much comment in Brazil, I wonder how many members of the FIA tribunal have ever been faced with a suddenly slowing object directly in front of them whilst travelling at around 200 mph?
A few years ago, it was mooted that former drivers should play a part whenever disciplinary action needed to be taken, yet I am not aware that there are any Stewarts, Brabhams, Rosbergs or even Prosts assisting the FIA in such matters. A lot of Irvine’s post-race comments seemed credible to me. I wonder whether the FIA is qualified to judge a driver’s evidence first-hand? It seems to me that his punishment was based on cumulative evidence, carried over from Suzuka. If that’s the case, the FIA should come clean and say so. I don’t recall any of the other drivers screaming for Irvine’s incarceration in the immediate aftermath. Could it be that they understood the situation better than those casting judgement? Chris Thorpe, Davenham,