F1 denies two-lap Baku restart only for show

F1 race director Michael Masi has denied that Sunday’s race at Azerbaijan was only restarted for ‘the show’. After a long delay, the race was re-started from a standing start – with just two laps to go. Sergio Perez agrees, but only if the decision to re-start red-flagged races is “consistent”. “It certainly helps the fans to be sticking to the TV,” said the Baku winner. “It doesn’t matter if there are 2, 10 or 20 laps to go, restarting is normally quite safe and we certainly saw two interesting laps,” he said. Everyone changed tyres so I don’t see that there was any safety risk,” said Seidl. “There is nothing in the regulations stipulating that a race cannot be restarted if circumstances permit,” he said.

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