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Helmut Marko

Marko slates spate of F1 investigations: 'Use common sense'

The volume of investigations taking place post-session in F1 has risen recently as the sport attempts to get a grip over a number of issues.

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Red Bull Motorsport Advisor Helmut Marko has slated the number of recent stewards' investigations in F1 and has called for "common sense" to be applied.

Lando Norris and Yuki Tsunoda were reprimanded after the São Paulo Grand Prix Sprint for failing to remain within the maximum lap time set out by FIA Race Director Niels Wittich for Sprint Shootout, with the times measured between Safety Car Line 2 and Safety Car Line 1.

The reprimands came less than 24 hours after George Russell, Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly were docked two grid positions for the Grand Prix after being found guilty of impeding others before the end of the pit lane merge line in Friday's qualifying.

With F1 qualifying sessions having ended with multiple investigations in the majority of races since the summer break ended, drivers and teams are becoming disgruntled with the sheer volume of rules and directives that need to be adhered to.

'It should be about racing'

Providing his thoughts when speaking to Sky Germany, Marko backed calls for reform.

"There's an old saying: 'Let them race'... I really think we need to get rid of all these investigations and trips to the stewards,"

"Let's just use common sense in these situations. It should be about the racing, not for things like that."

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