Once again the australian Michael Massi, career director of the International Automobile Federation for F1, was the protagonist of a Grand Prix for his performance. This time he had to face what happened in the Belgian Grand Prix, where the rain forced the start of the race to be postponed for more than three hours and even for the drivers to take a couple of laps with the safety car at the front of the pack before stopping the test definitively with a red flag.
"Unfortunately we were not able to cover the full distance, but we tried using all available regulatory provisions and even the International Sporting Code", Masi explained, referring to the fact that the CDI allowed them to ignore the maximum waiting period of three hours for the competition to take place.
“We were in constant contact with our official weather provider and there was a window that looked like it was going to benefit us. We warned the teams 10 minutes before and we tried, but then the weather overtook us again ”, explained the member of the governing body.
Regarding the possibility of running the next day, Masi ruled it out. "There was no possibility of postponing the race", he assured. That is why, as he explained, everything possible was done to compete on Sunday, but the weather played a trick on them. In that sense, he admitted that, "From the perspective of the FIA and Formula 1, safety is paramount for drivers, teams and all spectators."
Finally he argued that what happened "It's disappointing for everyone involved because we couldn't get the full distance." And he added in reference to the fact that the race awarded half the score: "We did the best we could to give ourselves the opportunity ... but at least we got something."