A sequence of questionable race management calls had been made on the season finale in Abu Dhabi on Sunday when Max Verstappen handed Lewis Hamilton on the ultimate lap to win his maiden title and deny the Briton a record-breaking eighth crown.
“How all the state of affairs unfolded, it appeared like they needed Max to win. It was an amazing battle for the championship however what occurred yesterday it wasn’t sport. You want shut battles in Formulation 1 however it must be honest on the identical time,” Karthikeyan instructed PTI.
Hamilton was cruising to victory when Nicholas Latifi‘s crash on lap 53 of the 58-lap race introduced the security automotive on to the monitor.
In a final throw of cube, Red Bull pitted Verstappen for delicate tyres after the security automotive was deployed whereas Hamilton stayed out on his worn out arduous tyres.
In what may go down as probably the most controversial name of the Formulation 1 decade, race director Michael Masi allowed 5 backmarkers to unlap themselves on the penultimate lap, making it a lot simpler for Verstappen to make the transfer on Hamilton.
As per the foundations, the security automotive ought to have gone again on the next lap which was the final lap of the race.
“Until the clerk of the course considers the presence of the security automotive continues to be mandatory, as soon as the final lapped automotive has handed the chief the security automotive will return to the pits on the finish of the next lap,” the rule states.
The social media was a divided house submit the finale with some calling Mercedes’ race technique too protected. Nonetheless, Karthikeyan feels Mercedes had been proper to not let Hamilton pit following the crash.
“What Mercedes would have performed, Pink Bull would have performed the other and stayed out to take monitor opposition so it was too dangerous. Lewis had a lot tempo and arduous tyres had life of fifty laps so why must you give that up?
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“Earlier than the security automotive the hole was nonetheless greater than 11 seconds between Hamilton and Verstappen. What occurred was not honest and Lewis would have been deserving eight time champion with due respect to Max who’s a really fast driver,” stated the 44-year-old who race in Formulation 1 over three seasons between 2005 and 2012.
Apparently, Hamilton’s race engineer Peter Bonnington had labored with Karthikeyan through the Indian’s debut season with Jordan in 2005.
“Lewis’ race engineer was my race engineer throughout my first season with Jordan. He’s a really intelligent man and made all the best calls.”
Like many after the title showdown, Karthikeyan additionally remembered former race director, the late Charlie Whiting, and stated he would have dealt with the stress state of affairs significantly better.
“That is what occurs when you find yourself beneath stress. He (Michael Masi) was being bombarded from all sides on the radio.”
So, what ought to be performed going going ahead?
“Every situation is totally different. They want a powerful a man on the prime. That’s what everybody stated if Charlie Whiting was there, it might be far more honest. He by no means relented to groups’ stress.
“On the open channel, he would have ignored the fixed pushing from the groups and carried on together with his job. These conditions are sure to occur, the race management ought to have been extra ready for a state of affairs like yesterday. It mustn’t have ended the way in which I did.
“We can provide them the advantage of doubt that he was not siding with anybody yesterday and the calls had been simply made beneath great stress and it went terribly unsuitable.
“If you happen to depart all of the controversy apart, Lewis certainly deserved to win if you happen to take a look at the race basically. It was undoubtedly his race. So not a good outcome,” Karthikeyan added.
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