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 discipline earlier than the race director deployed the security automobile, and through that section McLaren complained concerning the pace Yuki Tsunoda carried by the sector. Masi replied that he felt all drivers didn’t sluggish sufficient and may 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 believe it’s clear what it’s important to do as a driver if you undergo a double yellow flag and also you undergo the incident and also you see the automobile on monitor,” 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 obtained a penalty, for instance (when Lando Norris didn’t pit below a crimson flag in qualifying).
“However that’s all we will do — we will solely report it. If the race director thinks there isn’t a investigation required as a result of everyone seems to be doing it — which we strongly disagree with — you could ask Michael Masi what he’s after there.”
Requested for clarification concerning the state of affairs, Masi mentioned he would deliver the problem up with the drivers in France, when he subsequent speaks to all of them collectively.
“The explanation 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 the entire 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 nicely within the race director function, having taken over from the late Charlie Whiting in 2019.
“Normally we’re very proud of the job Michael is doing, which is a really troublesome job; however an important factor from our facet is transparency and consistency and good dialogue, which we normally have with him,” Seidl mentioned.
“After all, there’s conditions every now and then the place you disagree. That’s regular if you’re on the competitor facet; he’s on the FIA facet. However I assume in case you look again now on the time since he took over, I believe he did an ideal job.”