Formulation One groups are furious on the slew of FIA penalties that modified the results of the Austrian Grand Prix 5 hours after it completed, a number of sources have advised ESPN.
Twelve penalties had been retrospectively utilized by the FIA’s stewards for track-limits violations after the governing physique was unable to maintain up with the sheer quantity of transgressions throughout the race itself.
Whereas the penalties didn’t affect Max Verstappen’s race win or any the rostrum finishers, it fully altered the order of the remaining factors positions.
Groups are understood to be very pissed off with how the state of affairs performed out and the way it made Formulation One look. One crew boss advised ESPN the state of affairs was “embarrassing” for the game.
One crew solely found penalties had been utilized when their Sunday evening flight landed within the UK.
The shambolic post-race state of affairs is more likely to additional escalate tensions between F1 and the FIA, which have been rising throughout latest seasons.
A key second within the breakdown of that relationship got here when a mistake by former FIA race director Michael Masi influenced the end result of the 2021 championship.
F1 has grown more and more pissed off that the applying of penalties and race procedures in its personal sport is dealt with by folks working for one more organisation.
The governing FIA employs an F1 race director, Niels Wittich, to supervise the operating of grands prix, whereas a rotating panel of stewards adjudicate penalties on a race-by-race foundation.
After the Masi controversy, the FIA launched a facility in Geneva the place it might monitor points resembling track-limits violations from a distant location. That system has been likened to VAR in soccer however the occasions of the Austrian GP will increase questions on how that system works and whether or not it’s as much as the duty of monitoring a busy F1 race.
Observe limits was a difficulty all week on the Purple Bull Ring as drivers repeatedly drove past the white strains denoting the sting of the observe and on to tarmac runoff areas.
Sergio Perez did not make it by way of to Q3 in qualifying after having all three of his quickest Q2 occasions deleted for operating large at Flip 10.
Max Verstappen later stated the quantity of laps that had been deleted made him and his fellow F1 drivers seem like “amateurs”.
Throughout Sunday’s race the FIA stewards policing the matter had been overwhelmed by what number of violations there have been, with over 1,200 to course of, 89 of which led to deleted laps.
The FIA has beforehand suggested the Purple Bull Ring to position gravel on the skin of Turns 9 and 10 however the circuit, a Moto GP host venue, has resisted doing in order it turns into a security hazard for bikes.
The FIA made the identical suggestion to the Spielberg circuit on Sunday night.