May 24, 2022

‘Unacceptable’ Formulation 1 transfer beneath assessment

The fallout from the dramatic Formulation 1 finale in Abu Dhabi has continued, with the game contemplating a rule change that will forestall group bosses from talking to the race director throughout a Grand Prix.

Australian race director, Michael Masi, got here beneath immense stress each throughout and instantly after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after his essential name within the remaining laps, with Mercedes claiming the correct processes weren’t adopted, permitting Max Verstappen to cross Lewis Hamilton for the win.

Mercedes protested the outcome instantly after the end on Monday morning (AEDT).

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After Williams driver Nicholas Latifi crashed, Masi initially prevented lapped vehicles from passing the security automotive, giving Hamilton a buffer to Verstappen for the final-lap shootout.

F1 race director Michael Masi got here beneath immense stress through the remaining laps in Abu Dhabi (Getty)

The directive was then modified to permit the 5 vehicles between Hamilton and Verstappen to unlap themselves.

Within the midst of all of the chaos unfolding on the observe, Masi was heard copping an earful from each Christian Horner of Purple Bull and Toto Wolff of Mercedes.

Horner might be heard pressuring Masi into restarting the race, whereas Wolff fumed at the restart.

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It’s a state of affairs that F1 managing director Ross Brawn doesn’t wish to see repeated in future races.

“We are going to cease this contact subsequent 12 months,” he stated.

“It is unacceptable that group bosses put Michael beneath such stress through the race. It is just like the coaches negotiating with the referee in soccer.

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“Toto cannot demand there should not be a Security Automotive and Christian cannot demand the vehicles should un-lap. That is on the discretion of the race director.”

Brawn’s view echoed that of former F1 world champion Nico Rosberg, who wasn’t impressed with the stress placed on Masi by each group bosses down the stretch.

“Right here Christian’s approaching the radio to the referee saying ‘we’d like yet one more lap of racing’ that is not best. We have to do away with that for subsequent 12 months,” he stated after the race.

“Perhaps they should not even be talking to the referee in any respect. It does not occur in soccer. You possibly can’t have the supervisor calling the referee.

“There must be a correct framework the place we maintain issues understood.”

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