Carlos Sainz says even F1 drivers don't understand the rules in the sport at present, which are making things confusing for fans.
FIA race director Charlie Whiting was present in the Thursday FIA Press Conference at Interlagos to explain some of the decisions made during the Mexican Grand Prix. Ferrari appealed Sebastian Vettel's penalty for moving under braking against Daniel Ricciardo in the same race, but eventually decided to take it no further after an initial hearing into the incident.
With Bernie Ecclestone keen to see the regulations of the sport simplified - with many team bosses agreeing the sport is over regulated - Sainz says the drivers are not 100% clear on what they are and are not allowed to do.
“It's not very easy to understand by myself or the other drivers, especially for the ones who counts: the fans, the viewers, my uncles, my parents, my grandfathers,” Sainz said. “They look at the race and they have no clue what is going on. No clue.
“I was at a family dinner last Sunday and they don't understand F1 now. For me it's such a shame that I cannot explain to them. Not even myself, why they put that penalty to one or another so, it's difficult. Difficult situation that I don't enjoy it at the moment.”
And Sainz says drivers are spending too long discussing such incidents during driver briefings at each race as they try and understand what is legal.
“I've been involved in situations but those two or three bad things that happen to you, they really piss you off. It's difficult to accept. There's definitely too much talking going on out of the track about penalties, no penalties, even during the race talking about penalties, expecting a penalty or not. Situations that shouldn't happen.”