FIA bias called into question after George Russell escapes penalty points

George Russell was involved in two separate incidents in Singapore on Sunday, but he escaped penalty points.

Some members of the Formula 1 fanbase are wondering why George Russell was not penalised for his collision with Mick Schumacher at the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix.

Nicholas Latifi and Sergio Perez both had penalty points added to their respective licenses after incidents during the race.

Perez was caught making an error on a Safety Car restart when he fell more than 10 car lengths back, before speeding up excessively and slowing again in the final sector.

He was reprimanded for one, and given a five second penalty for the other but, because he won the race by 7.5 seconds from Charles Leclerc, he kept the victory.

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The Mexican was also given two penalty points by the stewards, his first of the current 12-month period.

Latifi collided with Zhou early on in the race as the Alfa Romeo driver was trying to go round the outside at Turn Five, and the contact sent them both out of the race.

The stewards deemed that the Canadian should have left more space to his left, so he has been handed a five-place grid penalty for the Japanese Grand Prix this weekend.

The 27-year-old was also given two penalty points, taking up to three.

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Russell was involved in contact with Valtteri Bottas and Mick Schumacher while he was trying to recover from a pit lane start.

The hit with the Finn sent him off at Turn Seven, and he and Schumacher banged wheels at Turn One in the latter stages, resulting in punctures for both drivers.

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The German finished 13th, one place ahead of the Mercedes, but no penalties or reprimands were given out.

Some fans have argued that Perez should have been penalised more harshly than he was, while others have suggested that both Max Verstappen and Sir Lewis Hamilton ought to have been looked at for overtaking under the Virtua Safety Car.

There are also question marks around Russell, who many feel was let off the hook after his incidents.