Masi thinks it was impossible to move Belgian GP to Monday

SPA, BELGIUM – AUGUST 29: The FIA Safety Car leads Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Red Bull Racing RB16B Honda and the rest of the field at the restart during the F1 Grand Prix of Belgium at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on August 29, 2021 in Spa, Belgium. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202108290427 // Usage for editorial use only //

The idea to race the Belgian GP on Monday would be impossible due to logistic reasons, said Michael Masi, FIA’s Race Director.

Since the Belgian GP was called off due to the bad weather, the idea to run it on Monday had come up, but Masi said that it would be impossible to do so.

“I think there’s a whole range, the list would be pages long between organizers, everyone here, all those here, there’s just no ability to postpone to the following day.”

Even running the race later in the year would not be possible said Masi, since coming back to Belgium would not be logistically easy.

“I don’t know if that’s logistically a possibility for that to occur,” he said.

Masi also admitted that it has not been an easy afternoon for him. He tried to find a window in which the rain stopped a bit to make the race go ahead, but it was just impossible in those conditions at Spa. To add to this, he also asked the teams and the drivers to give him feedback on the conditions, but it was not enough.

“I was going with the teams, I asked all the teams deliberately, particularly the first time around, to get the drivers’ feedback,” he said.

“And during the formation laps, communication between the team and the drivers is not allowed. But I asked them to ask all of the drivers to get feedback between all of us on the FIA desk. We were monitoring all the radio channels to get the drivers’ feedback on what they thought the conditions were like visibility and get the same when we went out again.

“It’s disappointing not to be able to complete a race. And so, unfortunately, on this occasion, we could not go the full distance that was available. We had the provisions in the ISC (International Sporting Code) to stop the clock, which was what we tried to do to see if we could get ourselves in that weather window of some activity, but the weather changes too quickly up and down.”

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