Can a Grand Prix finish under a safety car? F1 teams make final judgment after questionable Abu Dhabi GP decisions

The safety car controversy at the season finale last year sparked many questions in F1. Motorsport’s governing body, the FIA, recently announced that it will revise the rules for managing safety cars. They have fired F1 race director Michael Masi and introduced a new system to assess new F1 race directors.

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Now, there would be 2 VAR-assisted race directors in the sport for the 2022 season. But there is still a possibility that the Abu Dhabi incident could happen again in the future.

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Aston Martin F1 boss worried about new safety car rules

As reported by Auto Motor and Sport, despite the help of VAR, there is no guarantee that the Abu Dhabi scenario will not happen again on the track. As decisions have to be made in seconds, race direction errors can happen. The main issue with the safety car procedure is the time it takes for the lapped cars to rejoin the field.

Aston Martin sporting director Andy Stevenson mentioned that the fee may change the rules, but it cannot compromise the safety aspect.

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“You can do this at any time during the safety car phase without compromising safety. It was intended that those who were being lapped would do a lap in the pit lane and then line up at the back again. But this fails because the timing is unable to give everyone who is late a lap. Stevenson said. [Translated by Google]

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 12, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen after the start of the race REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

The fact is that there is no permanent solution to the situation of broken cars in F1. Since the whole scenario is a matter of security and interpretation, there is no appropriate answer.

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But hopefully with 2 race directors and VAR guiding them, there won’t be many more scenarios like Abu Dhabi. F1 really needs to learn a lesson from the season finale debacle.

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