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McLaren Triumphs as FIA Acknowledges Oversight

FIA Admits Error: Verstappen Missed Black-White Flag

07/07/2024

The FIA has admitted a misstep in not showing Verstappen the warning flag, while McLaren secures a victory in procedural debates.

McLaren F1 has received a response from the FIA, which has acknowledged its error in handling the incident involving Max Verstappen in Austria.

As reported, Andrea Stella, the team director from Woking, sought clarification from the FIA following the handling of the Verstappen/Norris duel in Austria.

The FIA has conceded that Max Verstappen should have been issued a black and white warning flag for moving under braking.

F1 Race Director Niels Wittich agreed that the governing body should have been more proactive during the race and issued a warning to the Dutch driver.

The black and white flag “should only be shown once and serves as a warning to the driver concerned for unsportsmanlike behaviour or for an action that may incur a penalty if repeated.”

Andrea Stella expressed satisfaction with this outcome.

“We are pleased because I believe the FIA has made its stance clear on what transpired in Austria, and we are satisfied that their view confirms our immediate post-race understanding was correct, and to some extent during the race.”

“During the race, your ability to influence is limited, as you can’t even speak to the stewards. You can talk to the race director, but he does not speak to the stewards.”

“Our understanding has therefore been confirmed by the FIA, which has evidently reviewed it internally and possibly updated its interpretation.”

“And I think we all agree that a warning should have been issued to Max, if not a black and white flag. That would have prevented an escalation that led to the collision.”

McLaren Triumphs as FIA Acknowledges Oversight. McLaren Triumphs as FIA Acknowledges Oversight

McLaren Triumphs as FIA Acknowledges Oversight
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