Yuki Tsunoda has strongly criticized the race management. The AlphaTauri driver finds the current race management, which consists of Niels Wittich and Eduardo Freitas, very inconsistent. The driver has already had several reprimands to his name, which means that he is only one warning away from a grid penalty. Tsundoa hopes the decisions will improve in the future.
The FIA hoped with the appointment of new race directors that the criticism would subside, but that is not yet the case. “I don’t really trust the FIA, to be quite honest,” Tsunoda is quoted as saying by RaceFans† “They’re very inconsistent every time. I’ve already had four reprimands to my name. In Monaco I also got one, but I still don’t know why.’ If Tsunoda receives another warning, the driver will receive a ten-place grid penalty.
“Other drivers did worse things than me and these incidents were not even investigated,” continues the AlphaTauri driver. Carlos Sainz previously expressed his dissatisfaction with the choices of the race management. In his opinion, Nicholas Latifi should have been punished. The Ferrari driver says he was blocked by the Canadian during the race. “In other races they will be a lot stricter,” concludes Tsunoda.
Tsunoda: ‘Don’t do something because Verstappen and Pérez did it too’
In Monaco there was even more controversy over a race management decision. Max Verstappen and Sergio Pérez seemed to drive over the pit line, but they were not penalized. Tsunoda knows not to take any chances with such rules. “I’m just going to try to play by the rules just to stay out of trouble. I can’t think to myself that it’s okay to drive over the white line because Max and Checo did that in Monaco too. In Azerbaijan it will be a different story. That’s how it always goes.’
Tsunoda: ‘Masi had more experience’
Last year the Formula 1 drivers still had Michael Masi as race director. “The new race directors are very different and that’s not just a negative thing. They try to be as fair as possible to all teams. Yet we saw that Michael Masi had much more experience with other things. We now have to give the race management some time to draw up good rules.’ Tsunoda knows that he also has work to do. “I have to try not to get punished,” said the Japanese.
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Update 19.20 | Magnussen agrees with Tsunoda’s words: ‘It used to be a lot more consistent’
Kevin Magnussen agrees with Yuki Tsunoda’s words. Earlier on Thursday, the AlphaTauri driver already expressed his dissatisfaction with the current race management in Formula 1 and Magnussen also sees that race management is not consistent. The Haas driver thinks it does not help that Formula 1 currently has two race directors.
Eduardo Freitas and Niels Wittich have taken over from Michael Masi. “I think you do notice a difference between the two race directors,” Magnussen is quoted as saying by Autosport.com† “I think it used to be a lot more consistent, but this is what we have to deal with now. There’s a reason the FIA is hiring new people, so I’m not too concerned with that. It’s a bit like the weather, I can’t control it anyway.’