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Brown: Austrian GP observe restrict fiasco 'gained't occur once more'

Brown: Austrian GP observe restrict fiasco 'gained't occur once more'


McLaren boss Zak Brown believes that final Sunday’s farcical post-race revisions to the Austrian Grand Prix’s classification resulting from observe restrict infringements is unlikely to ever occur once more in F1.

Greater than 1200 observe restrict transgressions had been recorded by the stewards throughout the race left the occasion’s outcomes – which had been protested by Aston Martin – in a provisional state.

Ultimately, as penalties had been compiled and handed out, positions past the top-three had been shuffled round and a revised classification was revealed late within the night.

Brown stated the sheer magnitude of the revisions and the belated publication of the outcomes had been unacceptable and can’t – and sure is not going to – occur once more.

“We won’t have it once more. We won’t have a race and 5 hours later you’ve that diploma of change and penalties,” he instructed Reuters on Monday.

“It positively wasn’t splendid what occurred yesterday, that is stating the apparent [but] it has no long-term influence as a result of I do not assume it would ever occur once more.”

Brown recommended that the acute vulnerability of drivers to trace limits in Austria was a circuit-specific difficulty.

“I’ve by no means seen something like that earlier than so I do not assume that is one thing that’s an ongoing difficulty at different race circuits.”

In its late post-race report summarizing their sanctions, the stewards “renewed” their suggestion to the circuit so as to add a gravel lure on the exit of Turns 9 and 10” for future occasions.

Certainly, after final yr’s race on the Purple Bull Ring, the place observe limits had already spurred controversy, FIA race director Niels Wittich had written to the circuit’s house owners – particularly a subsidiary of Purple Bull – to counsel that small strip of gravel be added at Turns 9 and 10 to discourage drivers from working vast.

However that request fell on deaf ears, seemingly due to the Purple Bull Ring’s willingness to additionally adjust to MotoGP’s security necessities which name for asphalt solely run-off areas.

Nevertheless, it is seemingly the FIA will pile on the stress on the observe to heed its name for the inclusion of gravel traps on the particular corners it has singled out.

“I feel a strip of gravel or one thing as a deterrent to run on the market [is needed],” commented Purple Bull staff boss Christian Horner after Sunday’s race.

“The issue is it is rather tough as drivers, as a result of they can’t see the white strains within the automotive, so you’re purely doing it on really feel.

“The circuit invitations you to go there. It’s one thing that must be checked out for subsequent yr maybe – add extra of a deterrent for the drivers to be drawn on to that a part of the circuit.

“The argument is at all times MotoGP, however I feel you’ve bought to have one thing that’s versatile and helpful for Components 1.”

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