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Racing legends slam engine penalty rules

2015-06-23 11:10

LEGENDS WEIGH IN: Alain Prost (above) joined fellow racing legends who have expressed criticism of F1's engine rules. Image: AP / Kerstin Joensson

LONDON, England - Three racing legends have slammed F1's long-life engine rules.

At the 2015 Austrian GP, the full destructive potential of the rules was laid bare when Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button were each moved back a farcical 50 combined places on the grid as they exhausted their supply of four engines for the season.

'REGULATIONS SHOULD BE CHANGED'

Four-times F1 champion Alain Prost said: "It's crazy. This aspect of the regulations should be changed -- the driver is already penalised by the failure of his engine, so why should he be further punished?

"What is the logic?"

World Rally legend Carlos Sainz, father of Toro Rosso rookie, agreed: "This rule should be changed. It stops people understanding the formation of the grid. "The rules of F1 are generally too complicated for the public."

Former F1 driver Jean Alesi weighed in: "I think, to understand the rules now, you need to be an engineer. Let's stop this while there is still time."

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