Sebastian Vettel strongly criticized the use of the virtual safety car. The German claims that the system can be abused by drivers. Charlie Whiting denied that claim immediately on Sunday night.
Vettel thinks there is a weakness in the software that allows drivers to go faster than they should. "It's the same for everyone but the FIA is supplying us with a system that makes us follow a delta time, and everybody has to slow down by, I think, 40%, but I think everybody's aware you can have a faster way to go under VSC than just follow the delta – by saving distance."
The four-time world champion told Autosport.com: "So, I think we should have a system that hasn't got this loophole because it forces us to drive ridiculous lines around the track and everybody's doing it so I don't think it's a secret."
But according to Whiting, the system cannot be manipulated. "I do not know what he's talking about, honestly. It's measured every 50m of travel along the track. It measures where it is relevant to the reference lap and gives you a plus or minus. Every 50m they are reminded if they are above or below. They are allowed to go negative [quicker than the reference time] but as long as they are positive once in each marshalling sector and at the safety car 1 line [it's OK]." Whiting explained. (Photo: Ferrari F1 Team)