Vettel criticizes decision to start Q3 despite heavy rain

Sebastian Vettel (GER) of Aston Martin during Q3 at the Belgian Grand Prix. Credits: Aston Martin Cognizant F1 Team (Twitter: @AstonMartinF1).

Sebastian Vettel questioned the decision of the FIA race director Michael Masi to let Q3 proceed despite the heavy downpour, leading to McLaren’s Lando Norris suffering a massive crash at Eau Rouge-Raidillon and the session being suspended.

While Norris walked away from the crash mostly unharmed, he was taken to the hospital for a precautionary x-ray of his left elbow. Right before the incident, Vettel complained over the radio, calling for a red flag due to the heavy rain, and was frustrated upon hearing news of Norris’ crash.

“There’s plenty of things we could have done better. I think it’s better to be safe one time too many than one time too little. It’s good that nothing happened, that’s the main news, but it could have been a different outcome for Lando, and I’m not sure there’s anything he could have done,” Vettel said.

“When I went down to Eau Rouge and came up the hill, it was a lot of water and I was calling for a red flag. I think the truth is, the session should not have started at all.

“Inside the garage, it’s very limited, because it’s like looking out of the window. But three kilometers that way, I have no clue what is going on.”

Vettel also emphasized the need for better decision-making from the FIA, with the German suggesting that more information needs to be taken into account before making decisions.

“It’s always easy to play Captain Hindsight. But I think we need to find a way that we listen more to the information that we have,” Vettel explained.

“The trouble is, of course, we are in control, and you can always say well if you feel unsafe, box.

“But it’s sort of a weird situation because everybody is in the same position, and you don’t want to get kicked out, you want to progress. So that decision shouldn’t be really and entirely up to us.”

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