Lewis Hamilton damningly noticed how the protection automotive ending of the Italian Grand Prix stood in stark distinction to the conclusion to final season’s finale in Abu Dhabi, the place he was denied an eighth title in controversial circumstances.
Max Verstappen gained in Monza, the race ending behind a security automotive deployed 5 laps from the tip when Daniel Ricciardo’s McLaren got here to a halt on monitor. It took time to take away and there have been too few laps then remaining for the sphere to catch the chief Verstappen and resume racing.
In Abu Dhabi final yr beneath an identical late security automotive the FIA race director, Michael Masi, improvised across the guidelines to make sure there was a ultimate lap of racing, the place Hamilton fell to Verstappen who was on contemporary tyres. Masi was dismissed by the FIA whose report into what occurred cited “human error”.
Hamilton couldn’t assist however recall Abu Dhabi. “It at all times brings recollections again,” he mentioned. “That’s the rule that it needs to be, proper? So just one time, within the historical past of the game that they haven’t completed the rule.”
Hamilton’s Mercedes crew principal, Toto Wolff, was equally barbed. “This time, they adopted the foundations,” he mentioned. “There are guidelines and whether or not I’m Abu Dhabi traumatised or not, these guidelines have been adopted to the dot immediately.”
Nevertheless the FIA additionally got here beneath hearth. Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was denied a ultimate cost at Verstappen had racing resumed and his crew principal, Mattia Binotto, was scathing in his evaluation of what had occurred.
“Immediately we had all of the situations to have a restart of the race, I don’t know why they waited so lengthy,” he mentioned. “The FIA has been caught sleeping, perhaps they don’t seem to be but able to cope with these conditions.”
Verstappen’s Pink Bull crew principal, Christian Horner, was additionally important. “We don’t wish to win a race beneath a security automotive,” he mentioned. “That’s one thing that we’ve talked about for a lot of, a few years, that they need to end racing. There was sufficient time to get that race going.”
Wolff, nevertheless, with Abu Dhabi nonetheless contemporary within the thoughts, was adamant that the FIA may by no means improvise once more. “If one just isn’t pleased with the laws, and also you wish to have an enormous bang present and two laps of racing and mayhem, I’m completely up for it,” he mentioned. “However then we have to change the laws.”