The FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) explained why the race was not restarted under the direction of the safety car, and the Italian GP of F1, which ended with the victory of Max Verstappen (Red Bull), resulted in an “anti-finish” highlight.
Max Verstappen led the race after poleman Charles Leclerc (Ferrari) made his second pit stop for the soft tyres.
Charles Leclerc was slowly closing in on Max Verstappen, who was applying a one-stop strategy on the medium tyres, until Daniel Ricciardo stopped his car after a gear stuck between the two Lesmo corners. However, the car was unable to get out of the fence and had to be lifted by a crane from the side of the road.
The leaders battled for new tires ahead of the restart, but the race remained in safety car conditions until the end, frustrated by second-placed Charles Leclerc and team boss Christian Horner. Max Verstappen.
“It would have been good if the race had started again. We didn’t want to win the race under the safety car”, commented Christian Horner.
“We should have had plenty of time to get back into the race, but the safety car came out ahead of George Russell which slowed things down.”
The FIA responded to explain why the race ended during the safety car and said the severity of the incident was not significant enough to warrant a red flag.
An FIA spokesperson said: “Every effort was made to quickly recover the #3 car and restart the race, but the situation deteriorated and the stewards were unable to push the matter forward. car in neutral and in the emergency lane.” said.
“As the safety of the recovery work was our only priority and the incident was not serious enough to require a red flag, the race was held under the safety car in accordance with procedures agreed between the FIA and all the competitors. It ended with
“The timing of the safety car period during the race is irrelevant in this procedure.”
Asked to explain what happened, Daniel Ricciardo said there was no warning the car was about to come to a stop, adding: “There was nothing I could do.”
“Turn off,” won Daniel Ricciardo.
“I didn’t feel any warning signs. I was in Lesmo 1 and after that I didn’t feel anything. Then it turned off, so it was still on.”
“So I tried to pull the car as fast as I could to a safe area off the racing line, but I couldn’t see anywhere to stop the car, so I had to park it on the grass, and that was it. was all.”
“I tried to get out of the car as quickly as possible and do what I could, but at the end I heard the race was over under the safety car. It’s a shame for the race, but I couldn’t do anything about it.”
Charles Leclerc admitted that the safety car interruption did not unduly alter his race result.
“I wish I could have finished the race, but unfortunately, because of what happened earlier, I was second there,” said Leclerc.
Category: F1 / F1 Italian Grand Prix / FIA
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