The drivers met with FIA officials including race director Michael Masi ahead of the Qatar Grand Prix to discuss racing rules after Max Verstappen’s controversial defense against Lewis Hamilton in Brazil.
The Red Bull driver slipped off the track as he defended his lead over Championship rival Hamilton at Turn 4 of the Interlagos circuit, an incident for which Mercedes asked for the right to review after he failed is the subject of an investigation by the stewards during the race.
Hamilton said after the meeting with Masi that the racing rules remained unclear and that “every driver, I think, is waiting for Max, just asking for clarity.”
Masi told Qatar the rules had been “clear” to drivers, although he admitted that some disagreed with them.
Ferrari driver Sainz has joined the group of drivers who believe the rules are still somewhat muddled but believes there will be further discussions after the season to improve matters.
“In terms of the approach to the race, it’s not very clear yet,” Sainz said after the Qatar GP. “I think you’ve heard us talk about it before because we don’t know exactly what’s going to happen race by race.
“But as I told the media after yesterday, it looks like in the winter there is going to be a more in-depth conversation about how we’re going to run which hopefully should clear things up a bit more.”
Carlos Sainz Jr., Ferrari SF21, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21
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McLaren driver Lando Norris said that while some aspects of the racing rules have been clarified, others are still unclear.
“I think some things are a little clearer, some are not,” he said. “I think what’s clear is that… not all incidents will be the same, even if they look the same, so it’s hard to know what the different circumstances are.
“But I think most of the stuff has been clarified. But it’s hard to make a specific point and say that’s what you can and can’t do.”
When asked if he was going to change his approach to on-track fights after the meeting, Norris replied, “I mean, no. A little. There might be a few things you would like to adjust.
“I don’t think you would change the way we would change the way we run or anything, but yeah, maybe you would just adjust a few things that you could or could not do now. you ‘change a lot. “
Fernando Alonso d’Alpine, one of the drivers who criticized the inconsistency of the stewards this year, said F1 needed the rules to be “black and white”.
“I think we all agree on that, we need more consistency, we need black and white rules, because when they are gray,” he said.
“Sometimes you feel like you’re benefiting from it, and sometimes you’re the bad or dumb guy again on the right track. It’s better when it’s black and white.
“Let’s see if we can improve completely. I think it’s not just an FIA issue, it’s the drivers, the teams, the FIA, all we need to work together to have a better rule.”