Freitas will not be race director again in 2022

The FIA ​​investigated the incident with the tractor of the Japanese GP and concluded that, as expected, the recovery vehicle hit the tarmac at a dangerous moment due to the low visibility on the track for the drivers. In an extensive report published this Friday and that covers all the irregularities of Sunday in Suzuka, the body’s security delegates declare that “In those conditions, the recovery vehicle should not go out unless all the cars are lined up behind the safety car.” As Gasly was lagging behind for a tire change, he was found at more than 200 kilometers per hour while trying to catch up with the group. They also point out this detail: “He was traveling at more than 200 kilometers per hour at the scene of the Sainz accident.” He was sanctioned.

Among technical measures to eliminate dangers in these situations, the FIA ​​has announced a decision that looks a lot like the fridge of football referees: Germany’s Niels Wittich will be race director for the last four grands prix of 2022. Portugal’s Freitas, a starter at Suzuka, will not race again this season.

Otherwise, the FIA ​​also He admits that the delivery of the points was correct according to the regulations, but that they will review the procedure and the wording of the regulations. No more than half of the scheduled length of the race was completed, but as it was not abandoned, instead finishing under the checkered flag, 25 points were awarded to the winner. This generated uncertainty because Verstappen himself, or Red Bull, believed that the Dutchman did not add enough points to mathematically secure the World Cup. Predictably, the wording of article 6.5 of the sporting regulations will be adapted so that the points are awarded based on the laps completed, regardless of whether the race is suspended at the end.

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