ROME – “Lto race direction it simply applied the existing rules, and rightly so“. It is with these words granted to the Germans to “RTL” that Andreas SeidlMcLaren team principal, files the Italian Grand Prix from Formula 1, which ended behind the safety car. The FIA seems to have followed the regulation to the letter, even if some insiders would have liked a more flexible reading of the rules in the name of the show. However, Seidl remembers: “D.fter the events in Abu Dhabi, there were many discussions between the FIA, F1 and all the teams involved to see how the rules could be changed to ensure that the races never end behind the safety car.“.
In the aftermath of the Yas Marinain fact, Formula 1 and the FIA have tried to find an agreement for a new protocol, but – as Seidl tells us – the negotiation was not successful: “The choice fell on us as a team, e we have not accepted any changes because we could not find a better solution that was also sportingly correct. Because of this I think we have to accept that unfortunately situations like these can happen “.”In the end we voted to keep the rules as they are, and as far as I can remember every single team voted this way. Here because I think we should close this matter“, he then commented on Seidl.