Audi driver di Grassi climbed from eighth into the lead when he travelled by means of the 50km/h restricted brief London ExCeL pitlane throughout a very sluggish security automobile interval.
Whereas allowed below the foundations, di Grassi didn’t come to an entire cease within the pitbox and so was dealt a drivethrough penalty, which was not served, before being disqualified altogether.
The same patten emerged in Berlin final season when each Mahindra Racing automobiles gained locations by hitting the pitlane throughout a full-course yellow.
Whereas the foundations have been amended in response, the identical loophole was not closed for full security automobile interventions, which allowed Audi to execute its strategy that almost returned the win.
Frederic Bertrand, the FIA director of Components E, has now instructed Autosport that the rule pertaining to the total security automobile – Article 38.11, which reads: “the pit lane entry and exit stay open and automobiles are free to pit supplied that they cease in entrance of their pit” – will now obtain comparable remedy.
He mentioned: “It is true that we must modify once more, in order that we adapt and shut the potential loophole which can have occurred right here.”
The groups lobbied the FIA to maintain the pitlane open throughout a security automobile, in contrast to in lots of different sequence, in order that drivers might pit for repairs.
When pressed, Bertrand wouldn’t entertain a situation during which di Grassi did come to a full cease and would have received the race with a method name that he admitted to being impressed by.
“It did not occur in actuality as a result of they did not do it correctly,” he mentioned.
“However in any case, we might want to react and alter it additionally.
“I can not say what would occur if he had [done] one thing proper.
“For the second, the one factor which is essential is that… it didn’t work.
“But it surely might have been an fascinating scene from a pure racing viewpoint.”
The Security Automotive Lucas Di Grassi, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler, Audi e-tron FE07
Picture by: Simon Galloway / Motorsport Images
That is the newest in a string of controversies in 2021 created by the FIA guidelines, together with the mass retirements and slowing automobiles in Valencia attributable to drivers exceeding their useable power limits.
Requested by Autosport if occasions on the ExCeL Centre had introduced Components E with one other picture drawback after folks took to social media to poke enjoyable on the sequence, Bertrand mentioned: “That is one other topic for me.
“There isn’t any large deal on the truth that [Audi] needed to transfer and get away from the place they have been [in the pack].
“The difficulty for me is correct now, by way of international picture, is extra there on what occurred within the pitlane, which did not occur on the finish correctly. For me, the case is closed on that aspect.
“We’ll ensure that we do not danger extra [moves] for the longer term.
“However the true subject is extra on the truth that they did not cease for the time being they needed to.
“They then, for positive, led the race for some time and even went to the top as effectively, which should not have occurred in any respect.”