why did everyone cheekily ‘bash’ Massa for his parking after the red flag in Canada?..he had correctly placed his car in the 3rd grid slot, whilst Vettel and Kobayashi ahead of him went on the wrong slots
As Martin Brundle pointed out, race stoppages aren’t very common. True, we’ve had three very recent ones – Canada and Monaco (don’t forget that Massa retired before the Petrov-Alguersuari accident) this year, not to mention Korea in 2010 – but the drivers don’t always know the rules in these scenarios simply because they’re so uncommon. And it’s not like the stewards penalised Massa for it.
The commentator pointed out Massa said to Smedley that Vettel was in the 2nd-place slot, and Kobayashi followed him, whilst he stopped in the 5th slot as the 3rd was occupied by Kobayashi and the 4th was on the wrong side.
Massa was in the right spot. Kobayashi was in the pole slot, and Vettel was likewise on the wrong side and too far forward. I was surprised the teams didn’t wheel them into the correct spots, but I guess because it was a SC restart they knew that the FIA didn’t care.
When the signal is given overtaking is forbidden, the pit exit will be closed and all cars must proceed slowly to the starting grid. The first car to arrive on the grid should occupy pole position and others should fill the remaining grid positions in the order they arrive.
Yeah, the rules were changed recently (before the 2010 season I think). Before then, when the race was stopped drivers had to line up in different positions, which were offset from the normal grid positions. If you look at footage from a starting grid from the late 2000s you might see some red numbers painted on the start/finish straight, away from the usual grid boxes – those are the places where drivers line up in the event of a red flag. More recently the rules have been changed to the one NetBurst quoted above.