During the Brazilian Grand Prix, the FIA decided that the incident between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton would not be investigated further. The Dutchman would have pushed Hamilton off the circuit, according to Mercedes, but the motorsport safety body did not want to investigate the incident further. Andreas Seidl expresses his dissatisfaction with the situation at Interlagos.
“I think that all parties are generally not satisfied,” the McLaren team boss told RacingNews365, among others. “I would say that it is not all crystal clear. We understand that every case has an individual approach, but at the same time it should be possible to provide more clarity.” For a similar incident in Austria, Lando Norris did receive a time penalty, to Seidl’s dismay.
Teams and drivers must get ‘FIA handbook’
According to Seidl, Norris asked in the driver briefing for more clarity, for example whether there would be a difference between the situations if there had been gravel next to the asphalt. Ultimately, the McLaren team principal wants some sort of handbook to be made so that drivers can read and understand what the FIA’s approach is and how the rules can differ.
“It is very important that we properly evaluate the situation with all parties involved,” continues Seidl. “Maybe we should re-establish what is expected and what is not allowed. Maybe it is possible to have five or six different situations ready for a number of different track layouts.”
After the Friday briefing in Qatar, things have become clearer, Seidl has to admit. “But there are still some question marks and I think this needs to be clarified.”