Method One chiefs defend choice to not crimson flag Max Verstappen as his controversial Italian Grand Prix win is allowed to face and leaves him one race away from retaining his F1 Championship crown
- F1 chiefs defend the decision to not crimson flag Max Verstappen throughout Sunday’s race
- Verstappen received the Italian Grand Prix behind the security card at Monza
- Livid followers booed the championship chief on the fruits of the the race
- The Dutch driver can clinch his second world championship in Singapore
Method One’s governing FIA defended its choice to not crimson flag the climax of Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix – after Max Verstappen’s victory behind the security automotive was booed by livid Ferrari followers.
Verstappen may now clinch his second world championship on the subsequent spherical in Singapore on October 3 following his fifth victory in succession. His title lead stands at 115 factors with solely 164 accessible.
Charles Leclerc offered some opposition to Verstappen, however an aggressive two-stop technique by Ferrari didn’t repay.
Pink Bull’s Max Verstappen salutes his victory on the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday at Monza
On lap 47 of 53, Leclerc trailed Verstappen by 16 seconds. Nonetheless, he seemed set to be handed one other shot at victory when Daniel Ricciardo broke down between the 2 Lesmos, and the security automotive was deployed.
Enormous roars rippled across the Monza Autodromo. However the tifosi’s cheers turned to jeers when Ricciardo’s McLaren couldn’t be faraway from hazard in time, and regular racing situations didn’t resume.
Leclerc completed second forward of George Russell, following one other high-quality efficiency from the British driver in his Mercedes. Lewis Hamilton, thrown down the grid for exceeding his allocation of engine components, drove effectively from nineteenth to fifth.
Verstappen confronted a refrain of boos when he arrived on the rostrum as followers gave the thumbs down following the end result.
Followers at Monza have been livid as Verstappen received the race behind the security automotive on Sunday
Pink Bull workforce principal Christian Horner stated: “We had the sooner automotive, and we’d have preferred to have received the race on the monitor, not behind the security automotive.
“We share the frustration of all of the followers as a result of it took away a grandstand end. They have been the largest losers at this time.”
There was additionally a suggestion that the security automotive choosing up Russell – slightly than chief Verstappen when it entered the monitor – additionally scuppered treasured time.
It was an accusation the FIA denied with Ricciardo’s automotive solely eliminated at the start of the penultimate lap. Two laps should then be accomplished behind the security automotive earlier than the race can re-start.
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc had some opposition to the way in which Verstappen received the race at Monza
An FIA spokesperson stated: “Whereas each effort was made to get better Ricciardo’s automotive rapidly and resume racing, the scenario developed, and marshals have been unable to place the automotive into impartial and push it into the escape street.
“As the security of the restoration operation is our solely precedence, and the incident was not important sufficient to require a crimson flag.
“The race ended beneath a security automotive following the procedures agreed between the FIA and all rivals. The timing of the security automotive interval inside a race has no bearing on this process.”
Michael Masi was sacked as F1 race director after he fudged the principles to permit Verstappen the prospect to beat Hamilton to the title in a one-lap shootout eventually season’s contentious decider in Abu Dhabi.
On Sunday, Hamilton’s Mercedes boss Toto Wolff praised Masi’s successor, Niels Wittich, for following the proper protocol.
The win means Verstappen can clinch his second world title within the subsequent spherical at Singapore
Wolff stated: “It is extremely clear. There are guidelines, they’re written down, and from my perspective, whether or not I’m traumatised by Abu Dhabi or not, these guidelines at this time have been adopted to the letter.
“There was a automotive out on monitor, and there have been marshals and a crane on the market and that’s the reason they didn’t let anybody overtake. There was not sufficient time to re-start the race.
“You may solely crimson flag the race if somebody is within the wall or the monitor is blocked. If one just isn’t pleased with the laws and also you need to have a big-bang present and two laps of racing and mayhem, then I’m up for that, however we have to change the laws.”
FIA president Mohammed ben Sulayem will meet with workforce bosses in Monza on Monday. The controversial security automotive end is more likely to be close to the highest of the agenda.
Verstappen will take the crown in Singapore with 5 rounds nonetheless remaining if he outscores Leclerc by 22 factors, team-mate Sergio Perez by 13 factors, and Russell by six factors.