“They didn’t contact”- Racing Level voices their dissent towards FIA for allegedly unfair reprimand on Sergio Perez after the race at Algarve.
Racing Level CEO Otmar Szafnauer for unfairly reprimanding their driver Sergio Perez in the course of the Portuguese Grand Prix, because the Mexican driver was seen brutally defending his place towards Alpha Tauri’s Pierre Gasly.
Each the drivers had been on a straight and Gasly had a DRS benefit, which gave him a certainty to overhaul Perez, and as quickly the French driver got here close to him Perez steered his automotive to dam his means, denying Gasly his hard-earned victory.
However FIA took the cognizance of the act and gave Perez a reprimand. Now, Szafnauer has claimed that he’ll take this matter above because it was an unfair name by the officers.
“They didn’t contact,” stated Szafnauer. “Sergio moved first earlier than Gasly did. Sergio is allowed to make that transfer in defence.”
“You possibly can’t transfer twice, however you’re allowed to maneuver as soon as. Gasly obtained out of the throttle and there was no contact. So why the reprimand?”
“On lap one Sergio is hit by Verstappen, who comes again onto the monitor after being off-track, comes again on acutely with a purpose to get his automotive able so he can have grip once more and runs into Sergio, they usually do nothing.”
“Sergio and Gasly didn’t contact. Isn’t that what the followers need? Arduous defending, good racing? If we begin reprimanding drivers and punishing them for racing laborious however safely, the place is that going to take our sport?”
Requested by whether or not he’ll increase the matter with the F1 Fee, Szafnauer stated: “I’m bringing this up tomorrow as a result of it’s an enormous situation.”
“To me, once I noticed that, I believed, that’s good, laborious racing,” he added.
Inconsistency in selections
Szafnauer identified the , the place former was pressured out of the race on account of a collision between the 2, marking FIA’s inconsistency in choice making.
“You’ve obtained to take a look at a collision,” he stated. “The Gasly-Sergio factor was not a collision, it was an excellent, laborious defending. And also you punish that however then when any person does collide, you don’t do something?
“That’s two occasions in a row – I don’t know when you noticed Leclerc and Lance, it was a really comparable factor. You trigger a collision after which nothing.”
Perez acquired his first reprimand of the yr 24 hours earlier, coincidentally for one more incident involving Gasly. If he collects a 3rd earlier than the tip of the season he’ll obtain an computerized 10-place grid penalty.
“Sergio in his entire profession has by no means been reprimanded ever,” stated Szafnauer. “He’s obtained two this weekend. One in every of which was in qualifying the place he made a mistake in one of many sectors, didn’t realise Gasly was on a quick lap behind him, obtained out of the way in which however not rapidly sufficient: Reprimand. Effectively, Gasly obtained by Q2 into Q3, it didn’t trigger him any hurt: Reprimand. You noticed the opposite incident: Reprimand.
“Now for the remainder of the season, he’s obtained to drive like a saint. He’s not going to have the ability to struggle laborious as a result of there’s a threat of a reprimand and then you definitely get a ten grid place penalty.
“So I believe that’s fairly harsh. You could not suppose that reprimand was harsh, however it’s.”