Hamilton’s stewards go to was no downside – Masi
The FIA’s Formulation 1 race director Michael Masi says there was nothing stopping Lewis Hamilton from visiting the stewards through the pink flag interruption within the Italian Grand Prix.
Hamilton had been handed a 10-second stop-and-go penalty for coming into the pit lane when the pit entry was closed, however hadn’t seen the boards indicating he couldn’t accomplish that. In consequence, when the race was halted quickly afterwards as a consequence of a crash for Charles Leclerc, he took the chance to go to the stewards for a proof, and Masi (pictured above) says he has no downside with Hamilton doing so.
“From my understanding sure, through the race suspension Lewis did go up and see the stewards,” Masi stated. “I don’t know what was stated as a result of I wasn’t in there, however from my understanding it was that after he noticed the footage he got here throughout pretty content material. As content material as you may be.
“There’s nothing stopping it and fortunately we don’t have too many pink flags. The stewards — like everybody — have a really a lot open-door coverage. If somebody’s received a query, they will ask.”
Hamilton additionally felt the penalty was a harsh one given the influence it had in relegating him to the again of the sphere and comfortably adrift of the pack, however Masi says the stewards have a compulsory sanction in these conditions as Antonio Giovinazzi was additionally given the identical punishment.
“So within the sporting laws — and it was really detailed within the stewards’ selections for each Lewis’ offense and Antonio’s offense — it’s very clear that the penalty underneath Article 38.3d might be imposed on any driver who within the opinion of the stewards entered the pit lane for some other cause whereas it was closed. So the easy half is that there isn’t a flexibility inside that, the stewards have a compulsory penalty that they have to apply.
“The entire obligatory penalties throughout the sporting laws, we additionally went by way of one after the other with the entire crew sporting administrators final yr to see those who we collectively felt wanted to be modified versus those who wanted to remain in. And the sporting administrators unanimously that they needed to keep. So the entire groups are nicely and actually acquainted with the obligatory penalties all through the sporting laws.”
The pink flag interval was downtime for the drivers, however a lot busy for mechanics. Ought to it’s? Glenn Dunbar/Motorsport Pictures
Hamilton’s penalty got here as a consequence of Kevin Magnussen’s automobile being pushed into the pit lane after the Haas driver retired, with the hole within the barrier the place he stopped solely large enough to permit marshals to entry the observe. Nonetheless, the pink flag interval additionally noticed groups capable of change tires and sure elements on vehicles freely, one thing Masi says may be checked out if the game collectively requires it.
“From that perspective — and from my understanding — the race suspension laws have been as such for fairly a very long time. Fortunately it’s not one thing that happens all that usually, and if there are components of the laws that have to be reviewed, we are going to overview it in a Sporting Working Group with the entire crew sporting administrators and if one thing is important undergo the required course of to do it.
“Nothing will change for the rest of 2020 however we’ll have a dialogue about what occurs in future and study from it and see if there’s something that may be improved.”