Rossi is angry with the bureaucracy at Indy again


Rossi went on to finish second, by far his best result on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but he felt he could have threatened eventual winner Josef Newgarden of Team Penske for the win without the penalty.Officials ordered him to fall behind Chip Ganassi Racing’s ace after a tough duel saw him run wide at Turn 6 with the right-hander coming into the back straight.

It comes just two months after Rossi was given a driving penalty for light contact with another car in the Indianapolis 500.

Immediately after stepping out of the cockpit of his Andretti Autosport-Honda, Rossi commented: “I did two wheels on the white line, we talked about the reference point, and we are still penalized. Twice in Indianapolis we have penalties, I don’t know what to say.

“Hats off to the team, we’ve never been good here so being on the podium is fantastic and a testament to Honda. It’s been a huge effort to find some kind of rhythm here. It’s weird that these penalties keep happening, there isn’t much explanation from us.

In the following press conference Rossi explained: “The penalty cost us a lot of time and position on the track. We were stuck behind cars lapping there. This is where Josef [Newgarden] was able to create a big gap on us. He was on the blacks [Firestone’s harder primary tire compound], we were on the reds [softer]. I’m not saying we would have won but we could at least have given him a fight.

“So we have to discuss it, get to the bottom of it. It’s a shame that this has happened. I’m glad we were able to recover in second place, but definitely if we look at the race there’s a lot that has been taken away from us and left on the table …

“I didn’t go over the time line and put two wheels above the white line – you are not allowed to go four [wheels over]. »

Asked what bothered him about his penalty, former Formula 1 driver Rossi made comparisons with other categories of motorsport.

“This is something we have to look at,” he said. “Other series have time penalties at the end of a race, which gives you time to assess it, they argue. Give halfway penalties for very minor things … If there is a contact where you take someone out of a race, if you hit people in the pit lane – staff – and for major problems , I understand. But for the little ticky-tack type things, would time penalties be more appropriate? I do not know; we’ll have to talk about it.

“At the end of the day, maybe it’s not written in the regulations, so maybe the officials’ hands are tied as to how they can issue penalties – I don’t know.

“But we need to talk about it, learn from it and understand why it happened, and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”


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