The FIA issued a technical directive at the end of June informing teams that it would slow down pit stops and restrict automated processes for safety reasons.
The new decision was due to go into effect from this weekend’s Hungarian Grand Prix, but in an update released at Silverstone, F1 lawmakers chose to postpone it across the summer break to the Grand Prix of Belgium.
McLaren has always supported the decision to slow down pit stops, believing it wise to take steps to improve safety levels before an accident occurs.
Seidl praised the “good and constructive discussion” involving the teams and the FIA over the decision to postpone the new rules to Spa, as it offered a larger window to accommodate the measures.
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“Due to the special situation we find ourselves in with COVID, it is not that easy to go back to the factories at the moment and train with the team for the changes that were initially in TD,” Seidl said.
“So I think it makes sense in the end to delay it and use the longer break to give each team more time to prepare for the change.”
In addition to delaying its introduction, adjustments were also made to the technical directive, removing some of the originally specified minimum time requirements, as well as the application of measures such as a manual signal from each wheel pistol indicating that the tire has been securely attached.
McLaren’s pit team struggled with Lando Norris’ single stoppage at the British Grand Prix earlier this month, with slow serve dropping the British driver behind Valtteri Bottas on the track.
Norris had looked set to score a podium, but eventually finished the race fourth after following Bottas home.
“It was a hardware issue we had, nothing to do with the performance of the crew, who made some great pit stops especially in the last couple of months after we made some good steps forward,” said explained Seidl.
“It was a hardware issue, a cross-threaded wheel nut that we haven’t seen in quite some time, so we have to analyze exactly what happened there.
“But I’m grateful for all the training the crew did with the hardware improvements over the past two years, that meant it was a delayed pit stop but not a catastrophic stop like us. have seen this in the past.
“Of course we don’t want that to happen, but if it does, at least it’s safe and keeps us going.”