Sep.15 (GMM) Mugello steward Mika Salo insists that Valtteri Bottas “did nothing wrong” before the midfield race re-start pileup last Sunday.
Some of the drivers caught up in the scary incident pointed the finger at the very front of the field, where a weaving leader Bottas left his charge notably late after the safety car went into the pits.
Ultimately, the FIA officials reprimanded no few than 12 drivers – but not Bottas.
“It took a long time,” Salo said of the stewards’ investigation.
“We had to go through the data of everyone in the crash, to see who got on the gas and who didn’t,” the former F1 driver told Ilta Sanomat newspaper.
“When we looked at the data, we saw that Valtteri did nothing wrong. He was steady on the throttle and did not brake. It was the same for Lewis Hamilton.
“It was behind them that the accelerating and braking took place, and the rules state that this must not happen behind the safety car.”
When asked if the FIA thought about singling out a worst-offender for a harsher penalty, Salo answered: “No, no one was punished, but they were all guilty. Apart from the first two.”
Salo said the investigations took so long to carry out that he could not attend a party to mark the 1000th race for Ferrari, for whom the Finn raced briefly in 1999.
“We went so damn late that I didn’t have time, but apparently it was great. I saw the pictures,” he laughed.
F1 Changes Starting in 2021 - After many months of discussions and deliberations, Formula 1’s ten teams have now agreed to the terms of the “Concorde Agreement” that binds them to the world championship for another five years.
This agreement is a contract between Formula 1, the FIA governing body and the teams which wish to compete in the F1 World Championship from 2021 to 2025 and defines how F1’s television revenues and prize money will be distributed.
Formula 1 bosses have been keen to build a strong foundation on which to secure the long-term future for the championship. As such a revolutionary new budget cap will be introduced next year, along with new technical regulations and a new set of sporting rules coming in 2022.
The Covid-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for everyone in 2020, and has served as another reminder that something needed to change. Once the championship restarted, so too could the commercial agreement talks.
By changing the way the prize money is distributed, it was inevitable that some teams would be happy – as they would receive a greater share – and others less so, as they would have a smaller slice.
But ultimately, as they have increasingly done in recent months, all the stakeholders found a way to come together and compromise on the document, which they agreed to in time for the early deadline of August 18th – which brought a small financial incentive.
With the 10 teams signed up for the next five years, and the regulations and cost cap defined, Formula 1 can finally embark on a new era. The new agreement also squashes any speculation that teams like Mercedes or Haas might not be around for the long term.
The hope now is that all F1 teams can develop themselves into robust operations financially while also closing the pack in terms of competitiveness that can in turn improve the racing spectacle.
Roll on 2021!