January 23, 2021

FIA race director Masi explains Norris F1 Eifel GP safety car decision

Formula 1 race director Michael Masi has explained the decision to deploy the safety car following Lando Norris’s stoppage in Sunday’s Eifel Grand Prix.

Norris retired due to an engine issue in the final third of the race at the Nurburgring, parking his car up at the side of the track at Turn 6.

Although Norris’s car was next to a marshal post and a gate, race control opted to deploy the safety car on lap 45, wiping away Lewis Hamilton’s 10-second lead at the front of the pack.

An early stoppage for Williams driver George Russell had been covered by a Virtual Safety Car, but Masi explained that uncertainty about how long it would take to clear Norris’s McLaren reasoned a full safety car period.

“Lando’s car had some smoke and fire, so that was one point,” Masi said.

“The other was, at first glance, we weren’t confident that

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