Formula 1 race director Michael Masi doesn’t feel the need to take action against slow qualifying out-laps despite driver complaints.
At the Belgian Grand Prix finding a tow during qualifying was vital for extra performance – Mercedes’ trackside engineering director Andrew Shovlin said that doing it right was worth up to four tenths per lap during the team’s PurePitWall debrief.
However, their five time World Champion Lewis Hamilton wasn’t so impressed, claiming that the extra slow way drivers were going around Spa to prepare their tyres and find a tow, was simply “dangerous”.
Sebastian Vettel also weighed in on the situation, claiming that the narrower operating window of the compounds in 2019 left drivers “fighting to get into the optimum window,” as quoted by Motorsport.com, while he also expects these slow out-laps to “peak” at the upcoming Italian Grand Prix.
But, despite the concerns, Masi says the FIA will continue to monitor the situation and step in if they feel the need to do so, but right now they don’t think any action is needed.
“It is something that we have certainly discussed together with the sporting directors and at the current point, I think it is manageable,” Masi explained.
“Once it gets beyond that [we may look into it], but at the current point it is something we are continuously monitoring during the season and we will continue to look at it.”