McLaren strongly disagrees with System 1 Race Director Michael Masi’s strategy to yellow flag infringements after a radio grievance throughout the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.
Max Verstappen’s crash on the pit straight introduced out double-waved yellow flags for the approaching subject earlier than the race director deployed the security automobile, and through that section McLaren complained concerning the pace Yuki Tsunoda carried by means of the sector. Masi replied that he felt all drivers did not gradual sufficient and may all be penalized so he was collectively taking no particular motion, one thing McLaren crew principal Andreas Seidl didn’t perceive.
“I don’t suppose it wants a clarification; I feel it’s clear what it’s important to do as a driver while you undergo a double yellow flag and also you undergo the incident and also you see the automobile on observe,” Seidl mentioned. “And from our perspective, issues have been taking place there which have been clearly not OK. Additionally, placing it into context of what we acquired a penalty, for instance (when Lando Norris didn’t pit below a pink flag in qualifying).
“However that’s all we will do — we will solely report it. If the race director thinks there isn’t a investigation required as a result of everyone seems to be doing it — which we strongly disagree with — it’s essential ask Michael Masi what he’s after there.”
Requested for clarification concerning the scenario, Masi mentioned he would deliver the difficulty up with the drivers in France, when he subsequent speaks to all of them collectively.
“The explanation was McLaren at that time had requested a query about automobiles slowing for double yellows, and as I mentioned on the radio, I’ll have a dialogue with the entire drivers on the subsequent drivers’ assembly about etiquette, let’s name it, when double waved yellow flags are displayed,” Masi mentioned.
Regardless of the disagreement, Seidl believes Masi is performing nicely within the race director position, having taken over from the late Charlie Whiting in 2019.
“On the whole we’re very pleased with the job Michael is doing, which is a really tough job; however crucial factor from our facet is transparency and consistency and good dialogue, which we often have with him,” Seidl mentioned.
“After all, there’s conditions every so often the place you disagree. That’s regular while you’re on the competitor facet; he’s on the FIA facet. However I suppose in the event you look again now on the time since he took over, I feel he did an amazing job.”