Ryar wrote: ↑
Wed Jul 28, 2021 2:09 pm
https://thesportsrush.com/f1-news-never ... rules/?amp
“Never an official FIA document”– Toto Wolff sends mail of diagrams to FIA consisting of non-existing rules; Michael Masi is perplexed.
The diagram sent by Toto Wolff to Michael Masi after the collision between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, for which the Mercedes’ team principal got trolled by the FIA race director, was apparently full of rules which don’t exist and were supposed to defend Hamilton.
According to a report by Motorsport-total.com, the FIA openly declared that the diagram “was never an official FIA document” and was never published or distributed among the teams.
I suspect someone from this forum must have given that document to Toto.
Quality journalism right there - Masi indeed trolled Toto Wolff epic style.
Jokes aside, that 'article' (which is just a partially shoddy translation) leaves out the crucial part of explaining where that document came from, even though the part you left out still mentions some of it:
It was given to Mercedes by Whiting in 2015, and when Masi took over other personnel also changed (different team which he works with) thus neither him/his team nor the press department of the FIA knew what the document was, they just had no knowledge of it - and even if it was just an informal piece of communication between Mercedes and Whiting it still (quote: 'quite likely') contained the guidelines with which the stewards back then would have judged various situations and no one ever communicated that this had changed, so Merc believed those rules were still in place - the statement by the FIA only says that it's not an official document and that it's not being used in that form anymore and that it was never part of the rules (which was clear from the start) but that does not mean that it's "full of rules which don’t exist" as that fine piece of journalistic work would suggest.
The really interesting thing is though that this would suggest that Masi scrapped many things which were being used when he took over, it would however fit that some of the decisions made by him and the stewards ever since F1 lost Whiting as the race director seemed to be very different to those under Whiting.
And yea @just_a_fan ... i remember us complaining about the articles here several years ago, i still don't bother reading them.