Seidl: We need to wait for the results of the investigation

The head of the McLaren team Andreas Seidl summed up the results of the Grand Prix of Azerbaijan, where his team earned 12 points.

Q: Are you satisfied with the result of the race or do you think that more could have been achieved if not for the red flags?
Andreas Seidl: It is difficult to say what result we could have achieved if everything went smoothly, and in qualifying we would have taken the positions for which the car allows us to fight. It doesn’t matter now. We had to do everything right, this is what we should strive for – then there will be results.

Question Daniel started outside the top ten, and Lando – from the ninth position. Have you thought about driving the long first leg?
Andreas Seidl: Not. Our team and riders have implemented the right strategy. I don’t think we could have done anything differently.

Q: What do you expect from the French Grand Prix? On a stationary track, will you be less behind Ferrari?
Andreas Seidl: I hope so, but so far it is difficult to judge. All teams continue to work with cars, study their behavior, after the first races of the season it is difficult to draw conclusions about the balance of power on a particular track.

Apart from our results in qualifying, we have reduced the gap with Red Bull Racing and Mercedes – this is a plus. Unfortunately, the rest do not stand still either and hope to fight the leaders again in the future.

Q: Were you surprised by the decision to stop the race with red flags? Is it correct?
Andreas Seidl: As far as I understand, the race director, the Pirelli engineers and the teams needed time to check everything for tire problems. I think the decision was correct, no matter how many laps remained before the finish: two, 10 or 20. Usually restarting from a place does not cause problems, it is quite safe. We saw two interesting circles …

Question Red Bull Racing asked Michael Masi to stop the race because they thought the problem was in the tires.
Andreas Seidl: If you are happy with your positions, you do not want to restart. If you need a chance to win back, you will insist on a restart, but in this case, safety is above all. It was important to be able to change tires when the race was stopped.

Question: Was it correct to carry out a restart from a place two laps before the finish, when two serious accidents have already occurred in the race?
Andreas Seidl: Starting from a spot is the right decision, including in terms of entertainment. There is nothing wrong with this, and it does not matter whether it is carried out at this stage or at the beginning of the race. Again, you need to find out what happened to the tires and what led to the accidents, and for this you need to wait for the results of the investigation.

The break was long enough for Pirelli, together with the race director and the teams that had problems, to figure out the situation. Anyway, everyone changed tires, so I didn’t see any security risks.

Q: There were radio conversations with Michael Masi on the air that Yuki Tsunoda exceeded the speed limit in double yellow flags mode. Masi replied that everyone did it. Do I need to pay attention to this rule so that there is no misunderstanding?
Andreas Seidl: I do not think that clarification is needed – in my opinion, it is clear what the rider should do during the double yellow flags. In addition, when driving past the accident site, he sees a car on the highway.

There have been other questionable incidents this weekend. For example, why did we receive a fine on Saturday? In any event, there is nothing we can do other than report a violation. If the race director thinks that there is no need to investigate this incident because everyone did so, we strongly disagree. It is necessary to ask a question to Michael Masi about the logic of his decisions.

Q: Overall, what do you think of Michael Masi’s work?
Andreas Seidl: I am very happy with what Michael is doing – he has a very difficult job. In my opinion, the most important thing is transparency and consistency of decisions, as well as a constructive dialogue. This is usually the case. Of course, disagreements arise from time to time, but that’s okay. We are on different sides: we represent the interests of the teams, and he is the FIA. But Michael has been doing great since he became Director of Races.

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