Drivers met with FIA officers together with race director Michael Masi forward of the Qatar Grand Prix to debate racing guidelines after Max Verstappen’s controversial defence towards Lewis Hamilton in Brazil.
The Purple Bull driver went off observe whereas defending his lead from championship rival Hamilton at Flip four of the Interlagos circuit, an incident for which Mercedes requested the suitable to evaluation after it wasn’t investigated by the stewards through the race.
Hamilton mentioned after the assembly with Masi that the racing guidelines remained unclear and that “each driver, I believe, anticipate for Max, was asking about only for readability”.
Masi mentioned in Qatar that the principles had been “made clear” to the drivers, though he admitted some disagreed with them.
Ferrari driver Sainz joined the group of drivers who imagine the principles are nonetheless considerably complicated, however reckons there shall be additional discussions after the season as a way to make issues higher.
“When it comes to racing method it is not very clear nonetheless,” mentioned Sainz after the Qatar GP. “I believe you’ve got heard us already speak about this as a result of we do not know precisely what will occur race by race.
“However as I mentioned to the media after yesterday, it appears to be like like within the winter there’s going to be a deeper dialog about the way in which that we go racing that hopefully ought to make clear issues a bit extra.”
Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari SF21, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21
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McLaren driver Lando Norris mentioned that whereas some facets of the racing guidelines have been clarified, others nonetheless stay obscure.
“I believe some issues are a bit extra clear, some issues not,” he mentioned. “I believe what is evident is that… not each incident would be the identical, even when it appears to be like similar so it is onerous to know what the completely different circumstances are.
“However I believe most issues had been cleared up. But it surely’s onerous to form of ever give a particular level and say that is what you’ll be able to and might’t do.”
When requested if he’ll change his method in on-track battles after the assembly, Norris mentioned: “I imply, no. Slightly bit. There’s a few issues possibly you’d regulate.
“I do not assume you’d change the way in which or we might change the way in which we race or something, however yeah you’d possibly simply regulate a few issues you can presumably now do, or not do. I do not assume you’d change a lot.”
Alpine’s Fernando Alonso, one of many drivers who has been crucial concerning the inconsistent of the stewards this yr, mentioned F1 wants the principles to be “black and white”.
“I believe we’re all agreed on that, we’d like extra consistency, we’d like black and white guidelines, as a result of when they’re gray,” he mentioned.
“Typically you’re feeling you’re benefitting from them, and generally you’ve got been the dangerous or the fool on observe once more. It is higher when it is black and white.
“Let’s examine if we will enhance altogether. I believe it is not solely an FIA challenge, it is drivers, groups, FIA, all we have to work collectively to have a greater rule.”