Max Verstappen won the race in Monza in a similar way as in Abu Dhabi, after the appearance of the safety car. It brought back bad memories for Lewis Hamilton "It always brings memories back," Lewis Hamilton said, as quoted by eurosport.com
"That is the rules how it should be, right? There's only one time in the history of the sport where they haven't done the rules like that today and that's the one where it changed the result of the championship.
But it is what it is." Toto Wolff is happy because they followed the rules this time. “I think this time they followed the rules," he told Sky Sports.
"Maybe they could have done it a lap sooner, and they accepted the race ends under the safety car.
This is how it should be.
“There are rules and whether I’m Abu Dhabi traumatised or not, these rules have been followed to the dot today”. Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto was not satisfied with the development of the situation.
Today we had all the conditions to have a restart of the race, I don’t know why they waited so long,” he said.
“The FIA has been caught sleeping, maybe they are not yet ready to deal with these situations”.
Christian Horner and Andreas Seidl on the race
Christian Horner also expressed his dissatisfaction. “We don’t want to win a race under a safety car,” he said.
“That’s something that we’ve talked about for many, many years, that they should finish racing.
There was enough time to get that race going”. McLaren boss Andreas Seidl also recalled the situation in Abu Dhabi and the rule changes. Such situations are very difficult for both drivers and stewards. But F1 is like that, and someone will always protest and someone will be satisfied.
“After what happened last year in Abu Dhabi, there were a lot of discussions between FIA, Formula 1 and all the teams involved in order to see how the rules could be modified to make sure that races never end under a safety car,” said Seidl.
“But despite the FIA and Formula 1 really pushing us all to find solutions, it was down to the teams, and pretty much all teams we couldn’t agree on any better solution which is then also still a fair solution in terms of the sporting outcome. “That’s why I guess we simply have to accept that unfortunately, situations like this can happen”.