Haas Workforce Principal Guenther Steiner has criticised the FIA for what he felt was an overzealous software of the black and orange flag in current races.
Generally dubbed the ‘meatball flag’ for its look, the black and orange flag is waved at a automotive that’s deemed to have mechanical issues or free bodywork that presents a threat to different drivers, with the recipient of the flag instantly obliged to come back into the pits to resolve the difficulty.
The flag has been hardly ever utilized in System 1 lately, however has been proven twice to Haas driver Kevin Magnussen through the 2022 season – first in Canada, the place a radio message from Esteban Ocon over Magnussen’s bent entrance wing appeared to affect the FIA to throw the flag; after which in Hungary, the place his broken entrance wing endplate was itemizing to 1 aspect.
Magnussen had been working inside the highest 10 on the Hungaroring, however the ensuing unscheduled pit-stop to put in a brand new entrance wing dropped him to final, and condemned the Dane to a lowly Sixteenth-place end.
Talking completely to RacingNews365.com, Steiner mentioned there had been no must pressure the Dane right into a pit-stop, because the injury to his wing didn’t pose a hazard to different drivers.
Steiner: There was no want for the flag
“In Hungary, there was completely no want for [the black and orange flag],” Steiner advised the 9 August version of the RacingNews365.com
“It was agreed between group managers and Race Management that Race Management would name up the group and ask what they give thought to the injury on the automotive, as a result of the group is aware of higher than Race Management how it’s constructed.
“And that did not occur, which was very disappointing, and you do not have an opportunity to complain about it as a result of it’s essential are available subsequent time to the pit lane, so you have not received an opportunity to react.”
Steiner added that he intends to speak to the FIA with a view in direction of revising the method behind the deployment of the flag.
“I’ll carry it up after the summer season break that this isn’t right,” mentioned Steiner.
“Once we inspected the damaged a part of it, there was no want in any respect for it, there was no hazard that this half would fall off or might injure anyone, and it destroyed our race.
“I feel it was the mistaken name. Clearly, we have to undergo the motions, why it was accomplished, [but] it would by no means repair that it was accomplished and destroyed Kevin’s race in Hungary.”