F1 | Vettel-Hamilton, MINARDI “The decision was too hasty”

Five days from the Canadian grand prix the penalty the marshals gave Vettel that gave Lewis Hamilton the win is still a hot theme. The marshals followed what the regulations say, but I am still of the idea that in that predicament Vettel could not have done anything else, just as nearly all his colleagues have confirmed, including Hamilton, the sole exception was Nico Rosberg.

In the light of what happened the regulations must be reviewed to protect safety without eliminating the melee which is this sport’s true DNA and also because I do not understand why the very dangerous episode between Ricciardo and Hulkenberg was not penalized.

Up to the 48th lap we had been watching a great battle between two champions who had created a void behind them and it is a pity that the second part of the grand prix was conditioned by a single very questionable episode. Rather than immediately giving Vettel a 5” penalty, the marshals could have postponed the decision to analyze the telemetry of the two cars once the engines had been turned off and to watch the video and then inflict a penalty on the Ferrari driver in the French Grand Prix.

The spectacle and credibility of F1 and Motorsport must be protected. Specifically, this episode tarnished an extremely competitive race and there is also an aspect that continues to leave me amazed. Faced with the pole position won by Vettel with the incredible time of 1’10”249, the fastest race lap by the German was 1’14”875 set in the 57th lap with Leclerc 1:14.356 (63rd lap), Verstappen 1:14.767 (67th lap) and Hamilton 1:14.813 (62nd lap).

Only Valtteri Bottas in the penultimate (69th) lap went below the barrier of 1’14, stopping the chronometer at 1’13”078.

This is an enormous difference between qualifying and the race that the teams and the tyre supplier should explain to us. We will try to gather some information and, in expectation of the French grand prix I will be waiting for you on Wednesday 19th at Turin on the occasion of the inauguration of the Salon of the Auto Parco Valentino and the parade of supercars and F1 cars that will begin at 8.00pm.

Gian Carlo Minardi