Former Formula 1 driver Mika Salo was a steward for the Tuscany Grand Prix. He explained why 12 drivers received warnings at the end of the race, and Valtteri Bottas escaped punishment.
Mika Salo: “On Saturday we discussed that if Mugello has such a high average speed, then the race will be fast and the working day will be short. Everything turned out to be the opposite.
It took us a lot of time to analyze the mass accident at the restart. It was necessary to study the data of all participants, find out who pressed the gas pedal and who did not. We found out that Valtteri Bottas did nothing reprehensible. It accelerated steadily and did not touch the brake pedal. Lewis Hamilton did the same.
And those who followed them either accelerated or slowed down, although it is prohibited behind the safety car. If something goes wrong, and someone drowns the gas to the floor at the moment when others brake, a chain reaction will occur. At that time, we did not punish anyone, because all the riders were to blame, except the first two. “