Wouter wrote: ↑
Fri Jan 14, 2022 2:10 pm
https://www.fia.com/sites/default/files ... _48.12.pdf
ispano6 wrote: ↑
Fri Jan 14, 2022 1:32 pm
It would be interesting to see the agreement by the teams and officials to make an effort to end races with green flag conditions. Is that an article in the regulations or a gentleman's agreement?
From this FIA document 58.
Race Director’s Evidence
The Race Director stated that the purpose of Article 48.12 was to remove those lapped cars that
would “interfere” in the racing between the leaders and that in his view Article 48.13 was the one
that applied in this case.
The Race Director also stated that it had long been agreed by all the Teams that where possible
it was highly desirable for the race to end in a “green” condition (i.e. not under a Safety Car)
Horner calls: “remove the cars”
Masi: “oh yes, sorry forgot”
Toto calls: “que?”
Masi: “that’s racing Toto”
If the desire to go racing with an incident in the last laps, where it’s possible that there isn’t a way within normal procedures to finish the race under green, he could’ve made the call to red flag the session.
The moment the SC was called, normal proceedings would made the race finish under the SC because of the amount of laps remaining. As a team you make your decisions on the basis of the rules and regulations, the same as you design your car.
If the race would have finished under SC there wouldn’t be this kind of fuzz. That weekend Hamilton was clearly faster and had the race under control. If the race would have been red flagged and we had a two lap sprint, whatever the outcome we wouldn’t have this mess.
From the three possibilities (red flag, finish under SC and green without overtaking lapped cars) Masi already took the most controversial one. He made it worse by letting himself be publicly influenced by RedBull to remove only the cars between Hamilton and Verstappen.
And on top of that explain his decisions with “that’s racing”.
It’s spineless incompetence.