Ferrari want change on Formula One safety car rules
Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali has suggested that the International Automobile Federation change the safety car rules after they affected his team`s result in a controversial Grand Prix of Europe in Valencia.
Valencia: Ferrari boss Stefano Domenicali has suggested that the International Automobile Federation change the safety car rules after they affected his team`s result in a controversial Grand Prix of Europe in Valencia.
Domenicali believes that the safety car rules must be changed so that in future teams can avoid a repeat of the incidents that affected his team at the Valencia street circuit.
Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso lost valuable time Sunday being held up behind the safety car, while McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton overtook and drove off into the distance.
This meant that by the time the race restarted the Englishman was out of reach despite being given a drive-through penalty and wound up in second position while Alonso initially finished ninth.
However, after nine other drivers were penalised by five seconds after the race for breaking the safety car rules, the Spaniard moved past Sebastien Buemi of Toro Rosso to eighth.
"Hamilton was basically not respecting the yellow light on the safety car", said Domenicali.
"Then we had one complete lap with our two cars behind the safety car and, in the meantime, starting from Button onwards, all the others were coming in.”
"Of course we are very angry because we didn`t get the points that we should have got from this race - considering our performance."
Domenicali said that the FIA must consider changing the rules before drivers begin to break them on a regular basis.
"By doing this kind of precedent then what is happening is in the future, you might sometimes prefer to break the rule and have this kind of penalty and not respect the rules. This is not correct in my view."
"We have already taken up this matter with the FIA," said Domenicali. "The result is closed and it is finished, for the future we have to make sure that the things we have been discussing will not happen again."
The official Ferrari website branded the race `a scandal` but Domenicali played it down and insisted it was just a way of expressing the view of the fans, he also made light of Alonso`s reaction after the 28-year-old suggested the race was a `manipulation`.
"Well, I think we have to consider it was in a hot moment," he explained. "For sure Fernando was the man that was ruined by the situation. Our race was hurt by a situation that was not under our control. That is what I can say."
Despite nine drivers receiving five second deductions Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg was the only other driver to benefit by forcing Pedro de la Rosa of Sauber out of the top ten to take the last point scoring position - all the other point scoring positions remained unchanged.