Mattia Binotto says Safety Car rules were kept the same after Abu Dhabi

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Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto says after Abu Dhabi, Safety Car rules “were discussed with the FIA, F1 and the teams”, and they decided “that the current format is probably the right one to keep”.

After the Italian Grand Prix ended under the Safety Car, Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto said he agrees with current SC rules, but added that the FIA could have sped up the process and restart the race.

The Italian also explained that Safety Car rules were discussed after the controversial 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, where race director Michael Masi had broken said rules, and the teams along with the FIA and F1 management decided to keep them as they were.

“Today we had all the conditions to have a restart of the race, I don’t know why they waited so long,” Binotto told Sky Italy after the Italian GP.

“The FIA has been caught sleeping, maybe they are not yet ready to deal with these situations.”

Asked if Safety Car rules should be changed, Binotto said:

“No, I don’t think it’s a matter of changing the rules. The rules have been discussed, largely, especially after Abu Dhabi last year.


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“They were discussed with the FIA, F1 and the teams, and we came to a conclusion that the current format is probably the right one to keep. So I don’t think it’s a matter of regulations today

“I am certainly disappointed for how long it took them to decide, and I think we are not understanding why it took so long to release the cars between the safety car and the leader.

“I don’t think safety could be the right reason for it because when you are released, as a driver, you cannot go simply flat out around the track, because there is a minimum lap time, which is set in the regulations

“And this minimum laptime is there to make sure that whenever they are running and driving, they’re doing it safely

“So what we do not understand is, with the current regulations that we believe are right, why it took so long for them to decide,” the Italian concluded.

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