In Sardinia, something was unusual. There were no chicanes! Here teams could not complain.
Teams took the chance to identify what they considered to be the unsatisfactory issues involved, beyond the haphazard way on which some teams were punished, but not every offender in Mexico and Portugal.
Citroen remarked that penalties were issued because of a small mistake by the drivers.
Team manager Alain Penasse at Hyundai Motorsport said: “First of all regulations should be adapted to take a position whatever chicanes could be touched or not. This is not clear at all.
"Maybe a similar system like in gymkhana should be applied, where you can touch as long as the chicanes do not move out of the lines. In cases where move out of position then a penalty should be applied.
Sebastien Ogier lost Power Stage points in Mexico after hitting a water barrier.
"Precision is needed, what would be the penalty and it meant that every chicane would need to have a judge of fact present.”
M-Sport, at the centre of the issues in Mexico, said:
“We would like to see firm regulations with regards the implementation and structure of chicanes across all rallies.
"Likewise, we would like to see a simple system with regards to any penalties for hitting chicanes – applied fairly and consistently across all rallies.”
Toyota noted the inconsistencies.
“In Mexico teams were informed before the Power Stage that drivers must not hit the chicanes. In Portugal there was no information beforehand.”
Wouldn’t it be easier if there weren’t any chicanes on rallies, like in Sardinia?
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