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Andreas Seidl

McLaren welcome delay to revised pit stop rules

Andreas Seidl has backed the decision by Formula 1 and the FIA to give the teams more time to adapt to the new pit stop procedures.

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McLaren team principal Andreas Seidl supports the watered down changes to Formula 1's new pit stop regulations.

Originally, the FIA issued a technical directive that would force the teams to slow down their pit stops. However, the plan to have a minimum reaction time has been abandoned and the new rules will be introduced at the Belgian Grand Prix.

"It was a good, constructive discussion between teams and the FIA," told RacingNews365.com and other members of the press.

"In the end, due to the special situation that we are in also with Covid-19, it is not so easy to go back to the factories at the moment and train together with the crew all the changes that were in the TD initially.

"I think it made sense in the end to delay it and use the longer break and give every team more time to be prepared for the change."

Before the updated technical directive was announced, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner was concerned that F1's pit stops would become overregulated.

“You have to remember the responsibility is with a competitor that they have to have all four wheels securely fastened, and the penalty for not is to stop the car and have to retire the car immediately,” said Horner.

"It’s brutal, the result of not having those wheels properly fastened. But by introducing false delays and so on. It’s been an exciting element, can a group of people change four wheels in less than two seconds?

“And we’ve demonstrated that with the world records we’ve achieved, but you’re going to dilute and take that away now.”

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