Castroneves criticises 'subjective' regulations
6 August 2010 – Helio Castroneves admits that he remains unhappy with the recent rulings of IndyCar Series governing body the Indy Racing League (IRL) following the sanctions imposed on the Penske driver after the latest round of the championship at Edmonton.
Two weekends ago, Castroneves finished the race in the lead but was not shown the chequered flag in Canada, having been disqualified for illegally blocking the Ganassi car of Will Power at the start of the penultimate lap.
Following this, the Brazilian was placed on probation for the remainder of the season as well as receiving a 60,000 dollar fine for his post-race outburst against IRL officials.
“The rules are very subjective and there have been inconsistent calls over many years,” he is quoted as saying by the IndyStar ahead of this weekend’s race at Lexington. “I was penalized in 2008 (Detroit) and since then it's been very inconsistent.
“That's one of the reasons that it's becoming hard and that's why I don't agree because it happened during the race, the same thing, and the calls were not made the same way. You just can't keep pushing. I understand it's a very difficult way to call sometimes and difficult to see everyone.”
Having stressed that the rule – which prevents a car ahead in a battle from holding the inside line – should be modified, reiterating that fairness is not in place for the leader, the Brazilian continued:
“I never intended to give the guy an easy way, let's put it that way - you want to go for it and fight hard, especially with two laps to go. I gave plenty of room on the inside and outside. I don't think I moved the lane but, again, the call is already made and I think the punishment has been made - and it’s what it is. I'm ready to move on.
“I have to understand the probation a little bit more. I'm not sure if it's because of the actions off the track or because of the black flag…sometimes the communication doesn't come very clear to me, I guess.”
The moment and Castroneves' post-race reactions can be relived below: