“They can criticize whatever they want,” said Masi. “But I don’t see any reason why we should change the rules for a restart. We are dealing here with the twenty best drivers in the world. In Formula 3, a junior category, we saw an almost identical restart. Those guys did that very neatly, without incident. ”
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As race leader, Valtteri Bottas was allowed to set the pace when the safety car, which had hit the track after Max Verstappen’s crash on the opening lap, returned to the pits. The Finn waited a long time before pressing his accelerator. Only just before the so-called ‘control line’ on the straight, Bottas accelerated again. Behind him, four cars collided at the same time. Carlos Sainz (McLaren), Antonio Giovinazzi (Alfa Romeo), Nicholas Latifi (Williams) and Kevin Magnussen (Haas) dropped out. As a result, the race had to be stopped so that all debris and debris could be cleared away.
Based on the data, the stewards decided to issue a warning to twelve drivers. They had not waited, as the rules dictated, for the race leader to get back on the gas. The drivers involved had already pressed their accelerator and brake a few times before.
“A few drivers could have prevented this crash if they had not driven directly behind the car in front. Now they had no idea what happened before ”, said the stewards, who in addition to the four crashed drivers also gave an official warning to Daniil Kviat, Alexander Albon, Lance Stroll, Daniel Ricciardo, Sergio Pérez, Lando Norris, Esteban Ocon and George Russell.