Michael Masi plans to talk to the drivers about the ‘marginal’ decisions at the United States Grand Prix. The FIA race director understands Fernando Alonso’s frustration and therefore wants to clear the air.
The Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas has generally gone very smoothly. There were no crashes, no gigantic collisions and the only dropouts were able to drive back into the garages under their own power. As a result, the Safety Car did not have to enter the track during the race. However, a considerable controversy arose around the decisions of the race management. Alonso was overtaken outside the track by Kimi Räikkönen, which is normally not allowed, but did not have to give the spot back.
Moments later, Antonio Giovinazzi was also overtaken outside the track by Alonso. However, the Spaniard was then ordered to return the spot, because otherwise he risked a five-second time penalty. This caused a lot of frustration for Alonso, who did not understand what the race management was doing. “I can understand his frustration,” Masi is quoted by Motorsport. “The decision regarding him and Kimi in Turn 1 was certainly marginal. We will discuss it with all drivers at the next meeting because I think there were two sides to the story so to speak.” , he explains. “Obviously you have the overtake itself, then force it off the track and then the overtake again. So that’s something we’ll discuss at the next meeting.”
Why didn’t Räikkönen have to give the place back?
Masi notes that Raikkonen eventually escaped punishment as it could be argued that Alonso pushed him off track in the first place. “It was therefore a marginal decision. There were clearly two elements that were looked at, based on that the decision was made to leave it as it is. But it will no doubt be discussed at the next meeting.”