Bottas lays into FIA race director Masi in no holds barred team radio exchange

Valtteri Bottas expressed his annoyance with Michael Masi about the track limits on radio during qualifying.

The Qatar GP is being held at a track that is not familiar to drivers. As a result, the track limits and notes were made recently.

Drivers were given the license to drive freely during FP1. However, FP2 saw a new dictate being issued, causing many lap times to be deleted. The Finn was a victim of this, as he saw the fastest FP2 time deleted for exceeding the limits.

The 10-time race winner asked his engineer what the deal was, to which he replied that the FIA were making them up on the fly. Bottas then expressed his annoyance with Masi about the track limits on radio.

“It would have been nice to know before, Michael,” the Mercedes driver said, as reported by Motorsport.

“All the run-offs are tarmac, so it’s quite easy to go off and gain time. Even some of my fastest laps, I had confusion, I didn’t know what was allowed and what wasn’t.”

No sense of it

Masi’s noted originally had track limits in place only for turns 4, 12, 13, 14 and 16. However, after FP1, he included them for every single corner. This was not communicated to the drivers in time, and half of them did not know that their times would be deleted.

There were quite a few lap times that were binned due to the driver exceeding the new limits. Later in the evening, the race director raised turns 2, 7 and 16 as non-negotiable areas of concern.

“The track limit on the exit of each corner at this track is defined as when no part of a car remains in contact with the purple and white kerb,” the revised note read.

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