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Carlos Sainz Jnr has welcomed the FIA’s revision of the Security Automobile rules within the wake of the controversial conclusion to final 12 months’s world championship.
The Ferrari driver says he was deprived by a call, taken by FIA Formulation 1 race director Michael Masi, to solely enable a portion of the lapped drivers to unlap themselves forward of the ultimate restart throughout final 12 months’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Sainz was working third on the finish of the race behind chief Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen. Previous to the restart, Masi allowed the 5 lapped automobiles between Hamilton and Verstappen to rejoin the lead lap, giving Verstappen a transparent run at Hamilton.
Nevertheless he didn’t do the identical for the 2 automobiles separating Verstappen from Sainz, pushed by Daniel Ricciardo and Lance Stroll. Verstappen subsequently handed Hamilton to win the race and the world championship, which prompted a protest from Mercedes.
Following the FIA’s investigation into the controversy, F1’s officiating construction has been overhauled, and Masi moved out of the function of race director. This week the FIA revealed revised sporting rules stating all lapped automobiles have to be allowed to overhaul the Security Automobile previous to a restart, which had been widespread follow previous to Abu Dhabi.
Sainz welcomed the revision, noting he had been put at a drawback by the novel interpretation of the principles utilized in final 12 months’s finale.
“I’m a powerful believer that if that instance helped to make the Formulation 1 guidelines higher then so be it,” stated Sainz in response to a query from RaceFans.
“I used to be affected by it. You guys know that it was a really unlucky state of affairs for me as a result of I used to be in all probability combating for my first win in that case and I had two automobiles in entrance of me that didn’t enable me to combat for that.”
This weekend’s race would be the first below F1’s revised officiating construction. The function of race director is now being rotated between two folks, Niels Wittich and Eduardo Freitas, assisted by Herbie Blash and supported by a devoted digital race management division which has been likened to the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) utilized in soccer.
“I simply suppose the FIA have taken the appropriate step shifting ahead, that every thing was understood and I’m joyful to see everybody shifting on and particularly taking the appropriate path and selections,” Sainz added.
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