Coulthard: Backward considering FIA wants reform

The impact of the FIA’s race management resolution could effectively show a watershed for Components One’s governing physique. The stark irony was that the celebration in Monza of 100 years racing on the historic circuit completed with no racing behind the security automobile. The choices by race management was criticised by Mattia Binotto, Christian Horner and far of the paddock media, but the FIA issued a press release hiding behind their ‘main obligation’ declared as ‘security’.

Controversial occasions in Abu Dhabi 2021 the place then F1 race director Michael Massi interpreted the Security Automobile guidelines in such a approach to make sure the deciding race and the season didn’t end below a security automobile, the FIA has supposedly carried out an exhaustive assessment over the protocols.

Additional, the F1 groups and the outgoing race director had agreed in 2020 a precept for adjudicating on monitor intervention by the stewards to be held to the “allow them to race” mantra which Niki Laura coined as his personal.

In an try to enhance selections the FIA have arrange a soccer. Type distant video replay centre in Geneva tasked with helping race management wherever it’s on this planet. But removed from enhancing and rushing up selections and on monitor operations it seems to have created an addition procedural loop which creates additional delay.



The distinction between soccer’s VAR and and the Geneva video evaluation group is that selections in soccer can nearly all the time be made retrospectively with out affecting the sport. No match has completed whereas the followers stand and watch their group ready for a choice to restart the motion, in contrast to the expertise of over 100,000 paying supporters in Monza.

David Coulthard and the Channel 4 group had been incredulous because the Lap 47 stopping on monitor of Daniel Ricciardo’s McLaren resulted in little or no data being forthcoming from the FIA about the way to proceed over the subsequent 6 laps.

“We had been just about simply saved at the hours of darkness,” Coulthard mentioned. “There was little or no data being fed to us, and clearly completely different data being despatched to the vast majority of the sphere.

“The process may be very clear. Usually, as soon as the instruction is provided that lapped vehicles can retake their place, which is all the time a little bit of a laborious course of anyway, and there’s a long-winded clarification as to why they all the time try this, nevertheless it simply didn’t occur effectively, and it’s left me with a deflated feeling.

“And what was an thrilling weekend of Grand Prix racing and will have been an unbelievable grandstand end on gentle tyres for a one-lap shootout, we return lower than 12 months, we all know how that labored out in Abu Dhabi.”

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Race management was merely targeted on the way to clear the circuit, they misplaced sight that they had been in control of a motor race.

Coulthard believes the FIA wants a rethink and that the brand new digital race management centre in Geneva has simply created extra issues than it solves.

“I believe that each resolution that has been made this yr has positively had a really kind of thought of place,” mentioned Coulthard.

“We all know from the brand new president of the FIA, they’ve a digital group, nearly just like the operations rooms that the Components 1 groups have with their strategists again in base, issues in a non-emotional approach.

“However that process is clearly slowing issues down after which not even delivering actually kind of quick and on the cash selections.”

For the reason that arrival of Liberty Media as F1’s business rights holder, the game is in growth. The inaugural race in Miami this season bought out in round half-hour and most circuits are promote outs weeks earlier than their GP occasion.

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Coulthard believes the FIA ought to be adopting a extra ‘helicopter’ view of their duties slightly than merely declare their solely function is to handle security and regulation compliance.

“I believe what the FIA don’t actually absolutely perceive is that they’re not only a governing physique which prioritises security and every little thing, we’re a sport, we’re a present,” Coulthard proposed.

“And slightly bit like you’ll be able to’t rerun the countdown to New Yr, we now have to attempt to give everyone the chance to benefit from the second, that second of the chequered flag, the frenzy to the celebration of the Grand Prix.”



The white smoke from yesterday’s pow-wow in Monza between the FIA and the groups has not but emerged. Coincidentally, a ‘sporting summit’ had been referred to as a number of weeks in the past by FIA president Mohammed Ben Sulyem to debate how the FIA may carry out higher and garner assist from the groups.

Clearly, the agenda would have been altered considerably by the occasions in Monza which not solely noticed the Components One race finish in farce, however F2 and F3 races and titles affected by poor selections from race management.

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