Alfa Romeo team principal Frederic Vasseur is disappointed by F1’s new pitstop regulation. The Frenchman thinks the FIA sets the tone thanks to disproportionate use of technical directives.
Ahead of the Styrian Grand Prix weekend, the FIA has introduced new regulations aiming to ensure more safety during pitstops. These new rules will be introduced at the Hungarian Grand Prix and will require pitstop crews to train and readjust to them.
Vasseur questioned the safety improvements brought by this new rule but also the way the FIA has to model the path followed by Formula One thanks to bursts of technical directives. The 53-year-old thinks these kinds of directives should be introduced during the winter break to give enough time for teams to prepare and avoid giving the impression that the FIA has the power to modify anything in Formula One as soon as they want to.
“I think it’s not the right way to do it, that now we have more TDs than press releases on the Monday morning,” Vasseur said.
“Each Monday, we have a list of TDs. It’s the new way to govern F1, and it’s not the right way.”
“We have all the winter period to prepare things. Pitstops didn’t change compared to last year, and if they have to change something, it could have been done last winter.”
“Now we are changing in a rush for safety reasons, but we will have to change a couple of things between Silverstone and Budapest. I’m not sure that it’s a good step forward for the safety.”
“I think to manage the F1 by TD-ing the course of the season, I think it’s not the right way to do it.”