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Originally Posted by apexit4 View Post
The FIA website publishes all the technical and sporting regulations (as well as any changes) throughout the year. These are the the rules that govern the sport. The technical directive isnt so much a rule as a guidance on how to interpret the rules and how to implement procedures to help the FIA govern the regulations. In many cases a technical directive can be just an explanation to clarify some of the grey areas in the regulations.

Honestly, I think that they all are cut and dry for the most part. It just comes down where the penalties are applied. Breaking the regulations is breaking the rules, so it makes sense that hefty penalties are applied (ex Renault being excluded from the Japanese GP for breaking the Sporting Regulations). The technical directives arent rules per se, so the penalties arent as serious (in this case, Ferrari's fine).

At least, that's my understanding of it it all. We all know that F1 can be lacking in consistency sometimes, so it's possible the levied penalties can be applies however they see fit. Either way, I got most of my information from the FIA website and the Sky Sports post race coverage so I don't necessarily feel its incorrect.
Sporting regulations leave a little room for fudging. Technical do not. Let's look at the Fuel Flow breech for Pierre Gasley. It was a breech of Technical Regulations:

Red Bull’s Pierre Gasly has been hit with his second major penalty of the weekend – this time for his Honda-powered RB15 exceeding fuel flow limits during qualifying.

The Frenchman, who was already set to start Sunday’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix from the pit lane after a weighbridge infraction in practice, was disqualified from the results of qualifying after it was found his car had exceeded the maximum allowed fuel mass flow of 100 kg/h.

“The stewards reviewed the evidence from the Technical Delegate and heard from the team representatives”, read a report from the stewards in Baku. “The Stewards find that the fuel mass flow exceeded 100 kg/hr during the fastest lap set by car 10.”

While Gasly's infringement breached Article 5.1.4 of F1's technical regulations, the penalty – like the five-place grid drop he'd also received for changing his car's gearbox – won't, in reality, have any bearing on the Frenchman given his existing weighbridge penalty. He'll now hope for some strong race pace to help him secure his third consecutive points finish in four events for Red Bull.

The above is from the official Formula One Website.

Now let's look at a breech of the Sporting Regulations:

From Brazil 2018 when Vettel destroyed the weigh bridge:

..."As the driver was not following the instructions and further compromised the continuation of the weighing procedure, I am referring this matter to the stewards for their consideration," Bauer stated.

Vettel has been summoned to the stewards for allegedly breaching Article 29.1.a.i, which tells drivers to stop their engines when being weighed "and/or" Article 12.1.1.i of the FIA's International Sporting Code, which refers to the "failure to follow the instructions of the relevant officials for the safe and orderly conduct of the event".

The language is a bit more loose and open to interpretation.

The above is from the official Formula One website.

Compare the language above (Sporting Regulations) to the language below (Technical Regulations)

The below is just on the Nose of the car. The language is declarative unambiguous.
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