Connect with us

2018 F1

Whiting hits back at Vettel’s SC criticism

Published

on

FIA race director Charlie Whiting explain the decision to use the Safety Car during the Chinese Grand Prix following criticism from championship leader Sebastian Vettel.

Vettel said race control should have timed its deployment in a way which did not put them at a disadvantage and should have used the Virtual Safety Car firstly to ‘freeze’ the race.

However, Whiting said race control do not the potential effect of the Safety Car on a race when they choose to use it.

“If we decide to use the Safety Car it’s for safety reasons and I don’t look to see who’s going to be advantaged and disadvantaged,” he said.

“We waited until there was a good gap in the traffic,” he said.

“The debris was scattered over a large area and I wanted to wait until the Safety Car had got the cars behind it before I was prepared to send any marshals out.

“Even at Safety Car speeds I don’t think it’s safe for the marshals to come a long distance to get out there. So I wanted to make sure there was a sufficient gap to make sure they could do that, in the event they had to go out there once, clear it all up, get them back in again, wait for the whole train to go past and then go again.”

Whiting also clarify regarding the VSC placement – “It’s a bit of a mystery to me why this has all come into sharp focus,” he said.

“We’ve had the VSC since 2015, we’ve had the Safety Car for 20 years. We know at every intervention there will be winners and losers. And if we have to sit there and work out who’s going to be advantaged and how we’re going to work it so that everybody has then we haven’t got time to do that and it’s not our job to do that.”

“If you’ve got the marshals have come a long way, they’re just exposed out there. I know they’re doing 30% of a real lap but it’s still quite fast and I’m not sure you can totally trust drivers to do the right thing.”

Comments

Latest Results




Latest F1 News

2018 F122 hours ago

Brazil ramps up efforts to keep grand prix

Organisers of the Brazilian grand prix have ramped up efforts to keep Interlagos on the F1 calendar. The contract expires...

2018 F122 hours ago

Marchionne death hurt Ferrari morale – Tronchetti Provera

Ferrari is “very close” to its goal of bringing the title back to Maranello after more than a decade. That...

2018 F122 hours ago

Verstappen would ‘kick psychologist out’

Max Verstappen says he regrets nothing about shoving Esteban Ocon after Sunday’s Brazilian grand prix. The Dutchman will do two...

2018 F12 days ago

Miami GP plans still not dead – Carey

Chase Carey insists that plans for a grand prix in Miami have not been scrapped. In late September, the Miami...

2018 F12 days ago

‘Only goal’ is sports car title – Alonso

Fernando Alonso says his “only goal” for now is winning the world endurance championship. The Spaniard is retiring from F1...

2018 F12 days ago

Vettel not worried about incoming Leclerc

Sebastian Vettel says he is not worried about the ambitions of his new Ferrari teammate for 2019. German Vettel has...

2018 F12 days ago

Lauda to bring doctor to Abu Dhabi comeback – Marko

Niki Lauda really is determined to return to the F1 paddock next weekend, according to his friend Dr Helmut Marko....

2018 F12 days ago

Wolff vows to support Vandoorne’s career

Toto Wolff thinks dumped McLaren driver Stoffel Vandoorne can still have a bright future. The Mercedes boss says he is...

2018 F12 days ago

Red Bull says Ocon ‘lucky to escape with a shove’

Max Verstappen has found support from within his team for his behaviour after the Brazilian grand prix. The Dutchman was...

2018 F12 days ago

Wolff denies Mercedes struggling amid wheel controversy

Toto Wolff has denied that Mercedes is struggling amid the controversy about its wheel rim design. The F1 world was...




Most Popular

ThisisF1.com is not affiliated with Formula 1, Formula One Management, Formula One Administration, Formula One Licensing BV, Formula One World Championship Ltd or any other organization or entity associated with the official Formula One governing organizations or their shareholders. Copyrighted material used under Fair Use/Fair Comment.

References
We could use the following leading F1 news sources for stories: SkyF1, BBC F1, Autosport, ESPN F1, FIA Media Center, MotorSport, JamesAllen and others leading authors blog.

All Rights Reserved © 2017 Prime Sport Media