The FIA ​​explanation for the controversial arrival of the Italian GP

Daniel Ricciardo’s stalled-speed McLaren was behind the longer-than-expected safety car period that led to the anti-climactic finish of the Italian Grand Prix, Formula’s governing body has revealed 1, FIA.

Ricciardo parked his sick McLaren between the two Lesmo corners on lap 47, and the safety car was called shortly after the end of lap 48.

He would only be retired at the end of the last lap, on lap 53, meaning no real racing took place – much to the chagrin of second-placed Charles Leclerc, who spoke on the radio saying that the runway was clear.

The handling of the safety car period was also criticized after the race by the likes of Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto and even Red Bull boss Christian Horner despite his driver Max winning. Verstappen.

“While every effort was made to quickly recover the #3 car and resume racing, the situation developed and the stewards were unable to put the car in neutral and push it onto the escape route,” a later statement from the FIA ​​said.

“As the safety of the recovery operation is our only priority, and the incident was not significant enough to warrant a red flag, the race was completed under safety car under procedures agreed between the FIA ​​and all Competitors.

“The timing of the safety car period in a race has no bearing on this procedure.”

Having this information prompted a much more sympathetic response from Verstappen and Mercedes driver George Russell at the drivers’ press conference after the race.

“From what I understand the car was stuck in gear and that’s why it took so long,” Verstappen said. “When the car is parked there, there is no gap to push the car in compared to other places.

“That’s why the crane had to come, that’s why I guess they just ran out of time. I guess it was very unfortunate.

“I think everyone wants to finish under the green flag, but yeah, unfortunately we just ran out of laps. I also had new softs, so I wasn’t too worried if it was a shootout. ‘a lap.

“It’s racing, I think,” added Russell. “It’s not always easy when a car stops in an uncomfortable place. We still want to finish the race under the green flag, but what can you do? That’s how the game goes.

“I don’t know what the picture of the race looked like, but I don’t think it would have changed the results, in my opinion.”

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