Michael Masi said it is unacceptable that drivers undo their seatbelts while celebrating on the cooldown lap.
- Drivers are allowed to loosen their seatbelts on the cooldown lap, but not to completely detach them.
- Masi explains that the enforcements are for safety reasons, not to interfere with the celebrations.
- The situation goes beyond the action itself, as Formula 1 is an example to follow for lower categories, thus respecting safety standards is a must in sending the right message.
What he said:
- “Obviously, everyone knows that rule, it’s been discussed before as well, probably, I’m going to guess about 18 months ago,” said Masi when asked by Motorsport.com.
- “And then I’m well aware that it was discussed in Charlie’s [Whiting] time, drivers were reminded that, obviously, on cooldown laps, there’s no problem loosening their belts, but they need to remain fully attached.”
- “And it is a safety item. I think the stewards have made it quite clear in their decision, that it’s not about stopping celebrations at all.”
- “But at the pinnacle of motorsport, it’s a safety issue, but also it’s sending a message all the way through that type of behavior is not acceptable.”