There Federation, in the meeting held on Friday in Qatar with i pilots, failed to give the answers that most of the protagonists on the track expected, hiding behind a little reassuring: “With different Commissioners there may be different decisions”Told by Lewis Hamilton at the end of the meeting. Certainly such a philosophy cannot make you sleep peacefully for the last three races of the championship, in which the drivers have admitted that they do not know how to behave and some have already publicly stated that they consider regulation not to leave room for those who attack outside, using as an example the defensive maneuver put on the track by Max Verstappen in Brazil.
And the Dutch driver appeared to be the only one who considered the words of the FIA sufficient: “Everyone drives and defends himself differently. And for the Federation it is not so easy to find a common point, also because when they decide something there will always be someone who will have a different opinion. The meeting we had with Michael Masi was an exchange of views, and he explained to us how the decision-making process works. It was a long meeting, but in the end everything was clear“. Probably clear only for the Red Bull rider, because the other drivers seem to be sailing in uncertainty, as explained by one of the directors of the GPDA, George Russell: “The meeting did not lead to any tangible results. For me, Verstappen’s defense was very optimistic, and I’m sure if that episode happened on the last lap, he would have been sanctioned. You cannot brake 25 meters later and you will escape the penalty only because then Lewis won ”.
One of the most seasoned on the grid, two-time world champion Fernando Alonso joked with reporters: “We have too many gray areas in the regulation. Once they are in favor, another against. I can understand the Commissioners’ explanations on the Verstappen case, but in the end they are always right“. Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz speaks out for questions that have not been answered: “We should talk about what’s allowed and what’s not next winter. Can I accompany my opponent off the track? And if so, how many times? A? Several times? Will we have any ‘warnings’? We were looking for answers, but the main problem is that the Commissioners are not always the same ”.
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