Incidents about the track limits have marked the Formula 1 season so far, and part of the audience expressed dissatisfaction with the direct impact that the track limits had in the three races. Former Formula 1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya has the same opinion.
We remember him as one of the best drivers of the 2000s. According to the Colombian, the constant debate on this topic has too much of an impact on the title fight between Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen and "makes it controversial"
Recall, Verstappen lost the victory in Bahrain due to the illegal overtaking of Hamilton with four wheels off the track in the final laps of the race. The situation was exacerbated by the fact that Hamilton came out with four wheels off the track in an identical turn.
Still, these are two different rules, but the general public was infuriated by the fact that the rules are valid in some situations and not valid in others. Verstappen lost the fastest lap at the Portuguese GP in Portimao due to the limits of the track, which would bring him one - but valuable point.
Lando Norris also tasted the bitter taste of this rule at the Emilia Romagna GP. The Briton set the third-fastest time in the qualifiers, but it was annulled after the referees made a decision.
Montoya on F1
"I think Formula 1 has lacked that in recent years.
Red Bull and Mercedes, two teams fighting side by side. It's fun, ”Montoya said in an interview with Motorsport. “However, I would say that the situation has become too controversial with the limits of the track.
I know they want the tracks to be safer with edges and paved take-off zones, but it's really hard to control and I understand why those decisions are sometimes right and sometimes not. ” "It is very difficult when they need to make a decision.
It's not easy for the Formula 1 referees to deal with this. " The rules exist for a reason and apply to all drivers, but still, there is a feeling of dissatisfaction when such little things have a huge impact on the races and their outcome.
Montoya believes Red Bull will only be more motivated to beat Mercedes for all they have suffered and lost because of the track’s limits. “I’m excited because I think it makes Red Bull more furious. They want to beat Mercedes and that fact makes the sport interesting to watch, ”he concludes.