Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz called for rule changes to F1 after the notorious Abu Dhabi GP controversy, saying there had to be consistency regarding the enforcing of them.
Abu Dhabi saw the sport turned on its head, as the season finale ended with an outright breaking of the rules. It was a disappointing flashpoint where controversy and politics reared their ugly heads, with the consequences having far-reaching effects.
An investigation is being conducted into what transpired at Yas Marina that night. With the FIA’s incompetence at the centre of it, the time before the new season is being observed by one and all.
As a result, Sainz has called for rule changes to F1 after the Abu Dhabi GP controversy, saying there had to be concrete rules in the sport.
“I would have liked to have been behind them (Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen), but with the lapped cars I couldn’t fight for the first win, especially if they crashed,” he told Marca, as quoted by Formula1news.co.uk.
“For Hamilton it would have been fairer to have a red flag, maybe it would have been fairer to have a red flag at the end of the race with both of them at the same time, but the regulations don’t require it in that context if there is not too much dirt on the track, etc.”
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“That’s why we have to analyse what happened, because I think it was a bit unfortunate to be in that position,” he suggested.
“Sometimes the consistency in the application of the rules has been controversial and needs to be reviewed even though not everyone is going to be happy, but I think some of them need to be clarified and make the sport more understandable and consistent.
“I hope Hamilton doesn’t retire, I want to continue competing with him, he’s one of the best in history and I want to continue sharing the grid with him.”