F1 corrects its controversial rule after several debacles with Max Verstappen

Race re-runs and run-in cars have been at the center of controversy in recent months. The F1 fraternity has since wanted an explanation and the non-repetition of similar situations. This year, the FIA ​​dropped Michael Masi as race director due to the Abu Dhabi debacle, which was later labeled a “human error”. The FIA ​​is not doing everything to ensure that such mistakes will not happen again.

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Preparations are in place ahead of the Australian GP. The Grand Prix returns after almost 2 years and the stewards expect a clean race. The last few months have been a roller coaster for Formula 1 as it has been about accusations of wrongdoing. While Verstappen took advantage of his new tires and won the race in the dying moments, all was not well.

New race director Niels Wittich recently explained the restart rules again. Event notes appear “no erratic acceleration or braking or any maneuver likely to endanger other drivers or hinder restarting…”. They better described the positioning of the car with pictures.

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The notes also made it clear that they could not run any cars side-by-side and that the leader would have the advantage of staying ahead.

Max Verstappen and his aggressive restart strategy

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Many believe the reason for the reinterpretation of the rules could be Max Verstappen and his restart positioning in recent races. Fans of different F1 drivers may interpret this rule differently. The world champion is a special driver for many as they defend his restarts. However, recent races have seen him place his car alongside his rivals.

At the Abu Dhabi GP, Verstappen almost put his car alongside Hamilton. Also, as the final lap was about to begin, we struggled to identify the race leader at one point, as Verstappen even passed Hamilton for a short while under the safety car. As the FIA ​​suggests, such tactics can prove fatal and dangerous.

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We don’t know if this is a game of strategy or wits, but Verstappen surely has a way of getting into his rival’s head with this move. However, since his first title victory last year, Max has shown much more patience and maturity on the track. Recently, we saw him win the Saudi Arabian GP thanks to a clever last-minute strategic move by DRS.

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