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FIA to review Monza qualifying chaos

FIA to review Monza qualifying chaos

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FIA to review Monza qualifying chaos

FIA to review Monza qualifying chaos

FIA race director Michael Masi has confirmed the sport will look at ways to avoid the chaotic scenes from qualifying at Monza despite this year being "an improvement" of previous runnings.

Although at most circuits drivers will search for clean air, at Monza, securing a tow is vital to setting a strong lap time.

This throws up a problem that is unique in F1 with drivers waiting in the garages for a rival to jump first and lead the train of cars onto the circuit.

Although the 2019 problem where only Carlos Sainz was able to reach the chequered flag in Q3 was avoided this time around, a string of unsafe releases in the pits and traffic on track were cause for concern.

"I think we have seen from 2019 to 2020 we have made an improvement working with everyone," said Masi.

"From 2020 to 2021 I think we have made an improvement with the way qualifying has worked.

"We will have a look again as we did last year and see what further improvement we can make."

A minimum time was advised in the race director's notes but this did not remove the ability of drivers to crawl around on an out lap and, in some cases, cause problems for drivers lapping at full speed.

"I think overall, certain circuits will lend themselves to wanting to have slipstreaming and I think it is just the nature of some tracks," Masi added.

"So we try to put as much of a regulatory framework in play to minimise anything from a safety end that comes about."


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