FIA release statement after Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc ripped into safety car

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FIA bosses have launched an announcement after Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc hit out at F1’s security automotive throughout the Australian Grand Prix weekend.

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Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc each questioned the pace of the F1’s security automotive after the Australian Grand Prix on Sunday. The drivers felt the Aston Martin security automotive was going too slowly which impacted their capability to warmth up their tyres. 

Nonetheless, the FIA has clarified its place on security in a swipe again on the two drivers’ remarks. A brand new assertion warned the impression of the efficiency of the vehicles is a “secondary consideration” with security the precedence.

The assertion warned security automotive speeds had been “dictated by race management” and “not restricted by the capabilities” of the autos.

It added the fashions had been “bespoke high-performance autos”. The FIA even defended Aston Martin after the model acquired criticism from the drivers, including the vehicles had been ready by “two of the world’s high producers”. 

READ MORE: Max Verstappen compares F1 security automotive to a ‘turtle’

FIA release statement after Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc ripped into safety car

Max Verstappen attacked F1’s security automotive in Australia (Picture: Getty)

The assertion even hit again on the drivers, warning they had been “answerable for driving in a secure method always in keeping with the circumstances of their automotive and the circuit”.

It reads: “In mild of latest feedback relating to the tempo of the FIA Formulation 1 Security Automobile, the FIA want to reiterate that the first operate of the FIA Formulation 1 Security Automobile is, in fact, not outright pace, however the security of the drivers, marshals and officers. 

“The pace of the protection automotive is subsequently usually dictated by Race Management, and never restricted by the capabilities of the protection vehicles, that are bespoke high-performance autos ready by two of the world’s high producers, geared up to take care of changeable observe circumstances always and pushed by vastly skilled and succesful driver and co-driver.”

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FIA release statement after Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc ripped into safety car

Charles Leclerc warned he couldn’t warmth up his tyres correctly behind the protection automotive (Picture: Getty)

The feedback come after Verstappen described the inexperienced Aston Martin Vantage as a “turtle” on Sunday. The reigning champion even referred to as for the FIA to evaluate the protection automotive guidelines after he raised issues. 

Verstappen mentioned: “To drive 140 [km/h] on the again straight, there was not a broken automotive, so I do not perceive why we have now to drive so slowly. Now we have to research. For positive the Mercedes security automotive is quicker due to the additional aero, as a result of this Aston Martin is absolutely sluggish.

“It undoubtedly wants extra grip, as a result of our tyres had been stone chilly. It is fairly horrible the best way we’re driving behind the protection automotive in the mean time.”

Leclerc additionally commented concerning the tempo of the automotive after the race, including: “It’s very troublesome, particularly after we’re all on the onerous tyres. I had excessive issues producing temperature.

“I needed to complain over the radio, however then I noticed how a lot the Security Automobile slipped within the corners, I don’t assume he might have pushed any quicker.”


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