Wolff: Abu Dhabi gave FIA confidence to make proper Monza F1 calls

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Wolff believes that the fallout from final yr’s Abu Dhabi controversy gave them confidence to resist any outdoors stress for the race to complete below inexperienced flag situations.

The security automobile emerged late within the race after Daniel Ricciardo’s McLaren stopped on monitor with an obvious engine failure.

Marshals couldn’t push the automobile as a result of it was caught in gear, and it took a while to get a crane from the opposite aspect of the monitor, because it needed to anticipate a niche in site visitors.

In the meantime, with some main automobiles pitting and others not, and automobiles not allowed to overhaul the protection automobile whereas the crane was in motion, it took a number of laps for driver Bernd Maylander to get all of the automobiles in line behind him and in the best order.

By then it was too late to renew the race, and it completed with a brief dash from the ultimate nook.

Followers on the monitor made their response clear with boos and whistles. Nevertheless, whereas rival group bosses questioned how occasions unfolded, Wolff was adamant that every thing had been accomplished by the e book.

“Very clear, there’s guidelines, and they’re written down,” stated Wolff. “And from my perspective, whether or not I’m Abu Dhabi traumatised or not, these guidelines have been adopted to the dot right now. 

“There was a automobile out on monitor, there have been marshals and a crane on the market. That is why they did not let anyone overtake.

“After which it was not sufficient time to restart the race as soon as all automobiles caught up. So if one is just not proud of the rules, and also you need to have a giant bang present and two laps of racing, after which mayhem, I feel I am completely up for it.

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“However then we have to change the rules. So I do not suppose we must always complain about something that occurred as a result of that is the principles.”

He added: “I am actually glad to see that there’s a race director and colleagues that apply the regs towards the stress of the media and the stress of the followers and everyone to simply be in breach of the rules. 

“So no less than Abu Dhabi, in that sense, gave the FIA extra sturdy confidence to use the rules.”

Toto Wolff, Group Principal and CEO, Mercedes AMG

Photograph by: Steve Etherington / Motorsport Photographs

Requested by Motorsport.com if race management might have crimson flagged the race as a way to guarantee a inexperienced flag end, Wolff dismissed the suggestion.

“Why crimson flag the race? If somebody is in a wall, if the monitor is blocked, you crimson flag a race as a result of you may’t go anymore. One thing has occurred. Why do you crimson flag a race simply since you need to have a present of 1 lap or two?

“I feel change the regs, and talk about with the FIA, ‘let’s change the rules, we need to have some actually high final lap of racing’. I am lifting my hand for that. However it’s not what’s within the rules right now.”

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Wolff insisted that he didn’t need to be seen as a driving pressure behind any such change, which might be added to the agenda of a beforehand scheduled sporting rules assembly in Monza on Monday, involving group sporting administrators and FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulayem.

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“I do not need to create a headline right here that Toto desires to vary the rules as a result of the racing is shit. I feel we must always all sit down and say is there one thing we will do higher?

“However what occurred right now is within the rules e book, and that is why it was utilized. Would I’ve needed to have a final lap with a pile of automobiles on high of one another within the chicane? Yeah, hell sure. Good TV. However…

“I feel we have to say can we need to have a race ending below inexperienced? After which we reverse engineer it from there.

“So you may see 5 or 10 laps to the top we’ve a security automobile, let’s crimson flag it. And be sure that we’re racing on the finish. If that is within the regs, good. However there’s rather more intelligent folks, the sporting administrators, that can have some concepts.”

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