News Toto Wolff congratulates FIA race director Michael Masi: Everything done correctly!

23:55  11 july  2020
23:55  11 july  2020 Source:   de.motorsport.com

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FIA race director Michael Masi is praised by Formula 1 after the rainy qualifying for the Styrian Grand Prix - he really reacted to the weather

"We need these sessions, which are different and mix the order of rank," says Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff after an raining qualifying day in Austria. The Viennese gives the FIA ​​race director an excellent certificate. He praises Michael Masi for his "fantastic decisions".

The weather forecast did not suggest anything good for the qualifying day in Styria. As early as Friday, there was speculation as to whether timed practice could even take place. After all, heavy rain and showers were forecast.

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The race management informed all teams in advance that the result of the second free practice session could be used if it was impassable on Saturday. Qualifying on Sunday morning as Plan B was also not excluded.

Wolff: "The driver's talent counts in the rain"

Less than an hour before the third free practice session, which should have started at 12 noon, a first gray rain cloud moved over the Aichfeld. Driving on the route was out of the question. Initially, the FT3 launch was postponed indefinitely.

Shortly before the regular end of the session at 1 p.m., the race management officially canceled. Qualifying was scheduled for 3 p.m., but was initially postponed indefinitely. Finally Masi gave the green light at 3:46 p.m., the Q1 could start.

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The rain had stopped completely in the meantime, but increased again at around 3 p.m. The race director wanted to take advantage of the next gap in order to get the timed practice over the stage. "You have to praise Michael Masi and his team," says Wolff.

Because: "We want to see exciting sessions. And in the rain we see the talent and the skills of the drivers best." Despite increasing rain towards the end of Q3, the race management pulled through qualifying without further interruption.

In addition to the feedback from the pilots, the fact that the rescue helicopter was still able to take off was decisive. The drivers themselves thanked the FIA ​​for the opportunity to drive in the rain. Many noted that they had a lot of fun.

Masi only had to react to an accident with a red flag when Antonio Giovinazzi stopped after a turn in turn 4. However, spin and driving errors were piling up. Renault driver Daniel Ricciardo admits that he was a little scared.

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Michael Masi was appointed to fill the positions of Race Director , Safety Delegate and Permanent Starter in the wake of the sudden death of Charlie Whiting at the 2019 Australian Grand Prix. Masi has previously held the position of race director for the Australian V8 Supercars and the Hong Kong ePrix

FIA race director Michael Masi has outlined the factors that contributed to what felt like a significant delay in Max Verstappen being penalised for his qualifying The electronic system was out of action, but crucially a marshal did manually display a single yellow flag – there was no time for a double.

Ocon: "It was safe, right down to the last laps"

But he emphasized: "I am really happy that we drove qualifying today. I think it was the right decision." It was "tricky," says the Australian. He had to struggle with a little aquaplaning.

"But as long as you could see your line, everything is fine. I think the track conditions were absolutely okay." Only the spray when driving behind was a hindrance. All pilots report this unanimously.

Max Verstappen explains, for example, that as soon as the vehicle in front only moves six seconds in front of you, the spray intensifies so much that you are practically blind. The problem particularly occurred in Q1, when all 20 drivers were still fighting.

Esteban Ocon © Provided by motorsport.com Esteban Ocon

The drivers were happy about the wet conditions

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Esteban Ocon, who was able to take a fabulous fifth place on the grid, also notes: "I think it was safe , except for the last two or three laps. The rain got heavier at the end of Q3. " Nevertheless, the FIA ​​Frenchman also praises.

"Overall, Bernd Mayländer and the whole FIA ​​did a great job. We drove on a safe track at the right time. I think it was played very well and performed very well."

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Haas driver Kevin Magnussen also thinks that it was "perfectly fine" that driving was carried out under these conditions. The race management made the right assessment - between safety and action.

Magnussen: "We can survive the puddle"

"I think we should be allowed to drive under these extreme conditions. It is not right that we have a rain tire and can never really use it," criticizes the Dane. It alludes to earlier decisions, than was canceled in mild rain showers .

Today all pilots had to change to the blue rain tires, the conditions did not allow an intermediate. Magnussen thinks that's right: "If you give green when everyone goes out with Inters, you've waited too long."

He emphasizes: "You know immediately if you can no longer drive on a straight line due to aquaplaning. That is too much natural. But you shouldn't stop just because of a puddle." Postscript: "I think we can survive a puddle."

Another co-author: Oleg Karpow, Luke Smith. With images from Motorsport Images.

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