McLaren strongly disagreed with Masi over Baku yellow flag ruling
McLaren strongly disagrees with Method 1 Race Director Michael Masi’s strategy to yellow flag infringements after a radio criticism through the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
Max Verstappen’s crash on the pit straight introduced out double-waved yellow flags for the approaching area earlier than the race director deployed the security automobile, and through that part McLaren complained concerning the pace Yuki Tsunoda carried by means of the sector. Masi replied that he felt all drivers didn’t sluggish sufficient and will all be penalized so he was collectively taking no particular motion, one thing McLaren crew principal Andreas Seidl didn’t perceive.
“I don’t suppose it wants a clarification; I feel it’s clear what you need to do as a driver whenever you undergo a double yellow flag and also you undergo the incident and also you see the automobile on observe,” Seidl mentioned. “And from our viewpoint, issues had been occurring there which had been clearly not OK. Additionally, placing it into context of what we acquired a penalty, for instance (when Lando Norris didn’t pit underneath a pink flag in qualifying).
“However that’s all we are able to do — we are able to solely report it. If the race director thinks there isn’t any investigation required as a result of everyone seems to be doing it — which we strongly disagree with — it’s good to ask Michael Masi what he’s after there.”
Requested for clarification concerning the state of affairs, Masi mentioned he would deliver the difficulty up with the drivers in France, when he subsequent speaks to all of them collectively.
“The rationale was McLaren at that time had requested a query about vehicles slowing for double yellows, and as I mentioned on the radio, I’ll have a dialogue with all the drivers on the subsequent drivers’ assembly about etiquette, let’s name it, when double waved yellow flags are displayed,” Masi mentioned.
Regardless of the disagreement, Seidl believes Masi is performing effectively within the race director function, having taken over from the late Charlie Whiting in 2019.
“Typically we’re very pleased with the job Michael is doing, which is a really tough job; however a very powerful factor from our aspect is transparency and consistency and good dialogue, which we normally have with him,” Seidl mentioned.
“In fact, there’s conditions now and again the place you disagree. That’s regular whenever you’re on the competitor aspect; he’s on the FIA aspect. However I assume when you look again now on the time since he took over, I feel he did a terrific job.”