Engine penalty rules a farce say motorsport legends

Christian Danner, Riccardo Patrese, Gerhard Berger, Niki Lauda, Jean Alesi, Nelson Piquet, Pierluigi Martini and Alain Prost pose on track after qualifying for the Formula One Grand Prix of Austria at Red Bull Ring on June 20, 2015 in Spielberg, Austria.

Three racing legends have slammed the farcical nature of Formula 1’s long-life engine rules.

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

“It’s crazy,” quadruple world champion Alain Prost said. “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?” the French legend added.

Carlos Sainz, the father of the Toro Rosso rookie and a world rally legend, agreed: “This rule should be changed, as it stops people from understanding the formation of the grid.

“The rules of formula one are generally too complicated for the public,” he added.

And former F1 driver Jean Alesi said: “I think to understand the rules now you need to be an engineer. Let’s stop this while there is still time.”