FIA explains race consequence, refutes Hamilton declare
FIA race director Michael Masi says a Belgian Grand Prix classification of only a single lap nonetheless permits half factors to be awarded, and refutes Lewis Hamilton’s declare business pressures led to the naked minimal working happening.
After prolonged delays and a suspended begin process because of the climate situations, the window to carry the race was prolonged by the stewards and finally a restart came about greater than three hours after the unique scheduled begin. As the security automotive led the sphere out of the pit lane, that formally triggered the primary lap of the race, and after just a little over two had been accomplished, the race was red-flagged once more and didn’t restart.
For a race to be eligible for half factors it should run for at the very least two laps however depend again laws noticed the classification taken after lap one — the penultimate lap earlier than the stoppage — resulting in confusion over whether or not the scoring ought to depend.
“There’s been three laps accomplished, so the third lap was accomplished because the vehicles crossed the management line within the quick lane (of the pit lane),” Masi stated. “Then the classification for factors is taken on the penultimate lap earlier than the lap when the sign was given, so there’s two separate factors. One is what’s performed to finish a race, one is what’s performed on the idea of championship factors.
“There’s two separate issues, I ought to say. The primary matter is there have been three laps accomplished as soon as they got here in — three accomplished laps — nevertheless, the classification for the issuing of factors is taken upon the penultimate lap earlier than the lap, in order that’s what the classification is predicated on. However for the very fact of finishing the races we’ve performed three laps.”
After Hamilton claimed the 2 laps have been merely run to permit Method 1 and the FIA to say a race had taken place and subsequently doubtlessly take away the suitable for followers to say a refund, Masi stated business concerns have been no a part of his considering.
“Completely not. None. Zero. By no means, and would by no means be a part of my consideration.
“We have been all aiming for a window we thought was there — and the groups noticed it — there was a climate band the place we thought we might get some racing in and as all of you already know, being followers of the game, you know the way quickly climate modifications at this venue. We thought we might get one thing in however the climate deteriorated quickly so we couldn’t.”