F1 has tried for years to figure out how to encourage overtaking. This year they have found the most successful formula yet — with the moveable rear wings and the power boost button — and yet every time there is a failed attempt to overtake, one driver has to pay for the failure with a debilitating penalty.
This should discourage them from even trying. Is racing not all about trying to pass and gain position? As Webber writes, if there is a really flagrant bit of reckless driving, a penalty might be called for. But a small error of judgment, or rather, an effort that simply failed, should not be penalized.