Hamilton-Senna, Bird: “Safety Car like the chicane in Suzuka” – F1 Piloti – Formula 1

The race final of the Italian Grand Prix continues to be discussed even as the days go by, obviously with regard to the theme of Safety Car. The latter, which entered the track after Daniel Ricciardo’s retirement and remained on the track until the checkered flag, removed any possibility of restarting in the final laps, thus canceling potential challenges close to the checkered flag. For many fans and former drivers, the choice made by the FIA ​​has generated protests and indignation, while for others it was the direct demonstration of how they should be respect the rulescontrary to what happened in the now famous Abu Dhabi GP 2021.

In that case, then Race Director Michael Masi re-entered the safety car one lap from the end in controversial ways, offering Max Verstappen the opportunity to win the championship against a silver platter. Lewis Hamilton. The same Englishman, after the race in Monza, then vented to the microphones of Sky Sports F1making a direct comparison between what happened in Abu Dhabi and what happened more recently in Temple of speed: “This is the rule as it should be, right? – he stated in the post-race – so it is just once in the history of this sport that they have not respected the rule“.

A drastic change of rules within a year that was identified as a real injustice towards Hamilton, as remarked by the Formula E driver Sam Bird. The Jaguar standard bearer, interviewed by BBC in the podcast Checkered Flaghowever, has found some similitudes between the case suffered by the seven-time world champion and an F1 legend like Ayrton Senna; the Brazilian, after coming into contact with Alain Prost in 1989 Japanese GPcame later disqualified to be back on track cutting the chicane, thus losing the world championship in favor of the French teammate. The rule on the use of escape routes, moreover, was changed close to the 1990 Japanese GP, sending the McLaren driver into a rage, who felt ‘robbed’ of the previous world championship: “Of course – Bird explained – for Hamilton it is a horrible situation, because now they are following the protocol correctly. Had he been respected last year, he would be an eight-time world champion today, and Verstappen would be on his way to becoming one for the first time in a truly impressive way. It reminds me a lot of Senna: the FIA changed the rules of the final chicane at Suzuka in 1990, and he stormed out of the pilots meeting. It’s a similar case, and I can certainly understand why Lewis Hamilton is feeling a little offended ”.


FP | Alessandro Prada


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