Pegging back Mercedes is a stupid suggestion

Pegging back Mercedes is a stupid suggestion

Toro Rosso boss Franz Tost has suggested Mercedes' engine should be frozen to allow its rivals to catch up. Our resident Fifth Columnist says that is balderdash

Franz Tost, it must be said, has never been the most temperate fellow in the Formula 1 paddock. It may be remembered that last autumn, for example, he came forth with a diatribe about the penalties these days meted out to drivers adjudged by the stewards to have transgressed, sometimes - although not always - for venturing beyond track limits, and sometimes - although not always - for causing an accident involving others.

"If a driver touches another driver, he gets a penalty," Tost said, "and I don't think these things should go to the stewards, and result in penalties. We need interesting races, and if they crash into each other, they crash into each other - this is what people want to see. F1 is also entertainment, and currently we take too much care about all these issues - we should get rid of these penalties and nonsense..."

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