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Seidl ‘strongly disagrees’ with inaction over yellow flag rushing

McLaren issued a criticism about AlphaTauri driver Yuki Tsunoda for allegedly rushing below double waved yellow flags in response to Max Verstappen’s accident on the primary straight in Baku.

The incident was initially coated by double-waved yellows earlier than a security automotive was known as for, with the race then being suspended below a pink flag.

The TV world feed broadcast McLaren’s message to Masi, wherein the group mentioned it was “stunned” Tsunoda had not been investigated.

“Merely for me, the complete area needs to be penalised for not slowing below double yellows, in accordance with the rules,” Masi replied.

When advised Tsunoda’s breach was “apparent”, Masi mentioned that “all of them are apparent” and that he would focus on the matter with the drivers on the pre-French Grand Prix briefing.

Video footage of the field passing through the crash site and double-waved yellow flags does seem to indicate various speeds and ranges of slowing down.

Talking after the race, Seidl felt that the rule didn’t want clarification because it was “clear” what the drivers needed to do, and that not taking any motion was the mistaken resolution.

“From my viewpoint, issues have been occurring on the market at present which have been clearly not OK,” Seidl mentioned.

“Additionally placing it into the context of what we acquired a penalty for, for instance, yesterday [in qualifying] – however once more that is all we will do, we will solely report it.

Andreas Seidl McLaren Team Principal

Andreas Seidl McLaren Workforce Principal

Picture by: Steven Tee / Motorsport Images

“If the race director thinks there isn’t any investigation required as a result of everyone seems to be doing it, which is one thing I strongly disagree with, it’s worthwhile to ask Michael Masi what he is after then.”

Numerous drivers raised issues after the race in regards to the time it took for race management to deploy the security automotive after Verstappen’s crash, with Charles Leclerc calling it a “joke” on group radio. The matter is about to be mentioned on the subsequent drivers’ briefing.

Requested if he felt Masi was doing an excellent job, Seidl mentioned: “Typically we’re very pleased with the job Michael is doing, which is a really tough job.

“However a very powerful factor from our facet is transparency and consistency and an excellent dialogue which we normally have with him.

“After all there are conditions once in a while the place you disagree. That is regular: we’re on the competitor facet, he is on the FIA facet.

“However I assume in case you look again now the time since he took over, I feel he did an incredible job.”

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