“I don’t know what the Commissioners were doing, maybe they were looking at what had happened in the last days of the Olympics”. Aleix Espargarò after retiring in the Styrian Grand Prix was furious that the fairings suffered by Marc Marquez had gone completely unnoticed for stewards. Starting from the Austrian Grand Prix, however, the drivers will have to pay particular attention to their dashboard on the dashboard which shows all the messages of significant importance to help them, once engaged on the track, to tame their racing cars.
From this weekend, in fact, they will make their debut two new messages. One is linked to possible problems related to the pilots’ crew, a consequence of what happened in Barcelona to Fabio Quartararo, who raced in an open suit after having had problems with a protection system. An element that led the French to collect a penalty, even if the regulation would have provided for the black flag. The other, more important message will be a warning that will be shown to pilots who will become protagonists of unorthodox behaviors that the Commissioners do not like. Here are the words of Clerk of the Course Mike Webb.
“Recently some new elements have emerged that have led us to devise these two new messages to be sent to the drivers on the dashboard. In the event of a problem with the pilot’s equipment, we did not have an appropriate signal. After what happened in Quartararo in Barcelona we understood that it was necessary to devise a precise message for this type of inconvenience. The new message ‘equipment‘it serves to convey to the driver the fact that he has to make sure to fix the problem, whether he can do it alone on the track or go back to the pits to get help from the team. Plus there will be a new message of ‘warning‘to be given to the pilots when the marshals register a maneuver or incorrect behavior. A sort of ‘we noticed what you did, don’t do it again’. We hope that with these two new messages it will improve the dialogue between the riders and the Race Direction “, Mike Webb explained.