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FIA explain decision to end Italian GP under SC

MONZA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 11: Race winner Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (1) Oracle Red Bull Racing RB18 passes his team celebrating on the pitwall during the F1 Grand Prix of Italy at Autodromo Nazionale Monza on September 11, 2022 in Monza, Italy. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool.

The FIA claim that there was no need in suspending the Italian Grand Prix in order to remove Daniel Ricciardo’s car from the track.

Ricciardo stopped at the track on lap 47 of 53 of the Italian GP. The Safety Car was deployed eventually to allow marshals to remove the McLaren car.

The leaders changed tires and were expecting a restart. However, the race ended under the Safety Car.

Such an approach was criticized in the paddock, and the FIA reacted to it.

“While every effort was made to recover car #3 quickly and resume racing, the situation developed and marshals were unable to put the car into neutral and push it into the escape road,” the FIA spokesperson said.

“As the safety of the recovery operation is our only priority, and the incident was not significant enough to require a red flag, the race ended under Safety Car following the procedures agreed between the FIA and all competitors.

“The timing of the Safety Car period within a race has no bearing on this procedure.”

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