It is understood amongst the drivers that they preserve their locations to make life simpler as they every again off and attempt to make a spot earlier than beginning their qualifying laps. Nevertheless, this season there have been repeated situations of drivers passing rivals and in impact leaping the queue.
It turned a selected concern on the Austrian GP when, after drivers have been seen queuing on the final nook in follow, Masi stepped in and informed them earlier than qualifying that they could not wait and create a spot at that time.
They have been informed as an alternative to sluggish earlier than they reached the penultimate nook. Nevertheless, there have been situations of drivers passing slowing automobiles, forcing others to again off additional.
Sebastian Vettel was notably vocal on the matter after he was handed. He subsequently discovered himself with a penalty after blocking Fernando Alonso.
Some drivers have steered that the FIA ought to police the matter, however Masi made it clear that any gentleman’s settlement is simply that, and that it has no formal place throughout the sporting rules. He burdened that if the drivers have any points they need to type it out amongst themselves.
“I hear in regards to the gentleman’s settlement, as a result of I see it within the media often,” stated the Australian. “And that is the gentleman’s settlement that they’ve between the 20 gents which are on the circuit. So they might have to reconvene and reaffirm or revise their gentleman’s settlement between them!
“Let’s be truthful, they’re all elite sportsmen. I believe one of many components that in all probability precisely has exacerbated it this 12 months, is how tight the sector is and the aggressive order. And so all of these pressures come into it.”
McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo agreed that drivers might type it out themselves.
“I believe on the finish of day, like if somebody’s been a bit cheeky and brought benefit of the state of affairs that we have agreed, then that driver or these drivers ought to possibly simply count on a little bit of shit to come back their means in some unspecified time in the future,” he stated.
“That is the choice and the selection they make, so I am joyful for us to type it out our personal means.”