FIA explains why F1 Italian GP ended under safety car – Motorsport.com

FIA explains why F1 Italian GP ended under safety car - Motorsport.com

Red Bull driver Verstappen led the race afterwards Ferrari pole sitter Charles Leclerc made a second pit stop to change back onto a set of soft tyres.

He was closing in slowly on Verstappen, who was running a one-stop strategy on medium tyres, when Daniel Ricciardo stopped his McLaren between the two Lesmo corners with his car fixed in gear.

The car could not be moved back behind the barriers and required a crane to lift it from the side of the road.

As the leaders jostled for fresh tires in anticipation of the restart, the race remained under safety car conditions towards the end, prompting frustration from both runner-up Leclerc and Verstappen’s team principal Christian Horner.

“There was plenty of time to start that race,” Horner told Sky. “I think they took the wrong car, they took George Russell.”

The FIA ​​has now responded to explain why the race ended under caution, stating that the severity of the incident was not great enough to warrant a red flag.

The Safety Car Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB18, Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo C42, Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri AT03, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari F1-75

The Safety Car Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB18, Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo C42, Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri AT03, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari F1-75

Photo by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Pictures

An FIA spokesman said: “While every effort was made to recover Car #3 quickly and resume racing, the situation developed and marshals were unable to put the car in neutral and push it into the escape lane.

“As the safety of the recovery is our only priority, and the incident was not significant enough to require a red flag, the race ended under a safety car following the procedures agreed between the FIA ​​and all Competitors.

“The timing of the safety car period within a race does not affect this procedure.”

Leclerc admitted that the safety car interruption did not unduly change the outcome of his race.

“I wish we could have finished running, but unfortunately we were second at that place because of what happened before,” he said.

Asked by Motorsport.com to explain what happened, Ricciardo said he had no warning that the car was about to shut down, explaining that there was “nothing I could do”.

“It just shut down,” he said. “I felt no warning signs, I was in Lesmo 1 and then just nothing. And because then it was off, I was in gear.

“So I tried to pull in, off the racing line obviously to a safe area as soon as I could, but I couldn’t see anywhere I could pull in, so I just had to stop on the grass and that was it. .

“I tried to get out of the car as fast as I could and do what I could, but obviously I heard at the end that the race ended like that under a safety car. So it’s a shame for the race but there was nothing I could do.”

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The earlier Formula 3 feature race was red-sided for a crash involving Kush Maini and Brad Benavides on the exit of the second Lesmo, with the MP Motorsport car spinning across the arches of its Carlin rival.

This ultimately determined the championship in favor of ART driver Victor Martins, who only lost one place to a five-second penalty for a track limit violation and thus was classified fourth.

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