Race director controversies are not limited to Formula 1. In Saudi Arabia, Formula 2 sprint racing has been rocked by confusion over whether the pit lane was open or closed following a a collision between two cars on the last corner.
Reigning Formula 3 champion Dennis Hauger had led from pole position and looked set to follow an instruction to lead the field through the pit lane for a safety car period, only to have the decision overturned. As usual, the teams were informed via their timing screens, but Prema asked the manager for clarification over the radio and was asked to send Hauger into the pit lane. Which he did, only for the rest of the peloton to stay on the trail, following the on-screen order.
Hauger dropped to 12th, then received a 10-second stop-and-go penalty for his problem and finished last…Prema protested, but the FIA dismissed him. What a mess.
Carlin’s Liam Lawson won in chaos, before MP Motorsport’s Felipe Drugovich dominated the race to take the championship lead. Imola in Italy will host the next F2 races later this month.
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This notice was published: 2022-04-07 23:01:25