Wickens’ stolen victory: Was that Safety Car to blame?
New dimension in the controversy surrounding Robert Wickens and Alexander Rossi in St. Gallen. Petersburg – IndyCar has not performed the pace-car procedure correctly
While Robert Wickens and Alexander Rossi answer the question of guilt after the collision at the IndyCar season opener in St. Gallen, Germany. Petersburg, the Canadian’s anger is also directed against the IndyCar series itself. The last restart was anything but a picture book, because the decision to give green in the penultimate round was made very late in the round.
This caused some inconsistencies in the subsequent restart: Firstly, Push-to-Pass was activated, which Rossi took advantage of during the attack. On the other hand, the Pace-Car did not switch off the lighting in the last sector as prescribed when it cleared the way for the first time. Due to the late decision there was so much hectic going on, which did the rest in the most important phase of the race, when the nerves were already nervous. Apparently IndyCar wanted to see two laps under green.
“The Pace-Car never turned off the lights and the procedure was completely different from any other yellow phase before that day. I couldn’t control the pace of the field the way I’m used to. That put me in a very bad position. Honestly, I’d like an explanation for that.”
This followed a few minutes after the race in an IndyCar statement. It says:”IndyCar admits that the Pace-Car’s lights were on at the last restart. However, there was a radio message that the restart was imminent, and the safety car went off the track just like in all those situations before.”
Wickens finds that Alexander Rossi was not punished as “quite interesting”. I’m proud of the job I’ve done today,”he says,” We’ve proven to some people today what we can do. I could always pull out a head start if I had to. I have met all my fuel consumption targets. Of course I’m disappointed, but in the first race… Yeah, I would’ve been upset after second place, too. It’s just a disgrace.”
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