Sebastian Vettel has come to the defence of race director, Michael Masi as he claims that F1 is quickly turning into an leisure present versus sport.
It is the age-old conundrum, is it sport or is it leisure, and four-time world champion, Sebastian Vettel fears that the growing transfer in the direction of the previous is what has led to the Abu Dhabi debacle and the following trial by social media of race director, Michael Masi.
“For Michael, it has been a pity,” stated the German on the unveiling of his crew’s 2022 contender.
“There are two pursuits clashing,” he continued. “One is the game and the opposite is the present.
“I do not care a lot in regards to the present,” he admitted, “as a result of I take a look at is a sport and from a aggressive perspective.
“Clearly, it isn’t the best to be within the footwear of the referee, or Michael’s footwear,” he added, “however he has executed a terrific job, significantly after filling in for Charlie Whiting who died so all of the sudden.
“Michael has been very targeted and decided to do a very good job. I do not know what’s in retailer for his future however I hope he sticks round as a result of general he has executed an excellent job.
“There was a number of controversy surrounding the final race however that should not be, as a result of should you take a look at the larger image he has executed rather well.
“The primary factor transferring ahead is that there’s readability in these conditions so no additional questions are requested.”
“It is nice racing and everybody desires to see the 2 drivers within the championship go head-to-head with one lap to go,” added teammate, Lance Stroll, “however you’ll be able to’t be making up guidelines on the finish of the race like that. It needs to be set in stone.
“If the consequence is that there’s not time, and we do not get a complete lap of racing, properly that is how it’s,” he added. “This was perhaps a bit of bit an excessive amount of. It is necessary these issues are set in stone.
“Abu Dhabi was simply not proper,” he insisted. “When there is a security automotive, lapped vehicles get to overhaul the protection automotive after which we go racing. There’s nothing that claims half the vehicles can overtake and half keep behind after which we go racing. These issues cannot be modified simply to placed on a present. “The foundations are the foundations and you may’t be altering the foundations for leisure. It needs to be sport first.”
Vettel additionally admitted shock on the choice to drop the pre-race ceremony at which drivers gave their public assist to numerous causes.
“The problems we’re tackling should not going to be gone in simply two years,” stated the German. “I hope that, as drivers, we discover a solution to get collectively and specific matters which might be necessary to us. Some most likely do not care however some do. In all probability, it was getting a bit too robust and too particular person for the enterprise facet of it.”
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