Never in my experience.
They’ll get away with it because the wording says they “may” let lapped cars overtake.
I hope Merc protest that shambles of an ending.
I'd imagine Merc would argue that they should have unlapped all cars and so finished under SC. So the positions should be as at the restart.
I don't think they'll succeed but I imagine that'll be the argument.
I dont like to see races decided by cars changing tyres under SC, VSC and Red Flag. F1 needs a complete rules overhaul in that area. It's happened so many times this season and many others, changing results unfairly.
Actually wording says
"whilst the safety car is deployed unless it is for the purpose of changing tyres. 48.12 If the clerk of the course considers it safe to do so, and the message "LAPPED CARS MAY NOW OVERTAKE" has been sent to all Competitors via the official messaging system, any cars that have been lapped by the leader will be required to pass the cars on the lead lap and the safety car. whilst the safety car is deployed unless it is for the purpose of changing tyres."
That to me means all lapped cars, not just some.
Feel Mercedes have am extremely good case to call foul as rules were not followed properly.
You can understand that for sure - either they all go and unlap themselves OR none of them....
Not just 5 cars so Max can sit on Lewis for the race win
That's my frustration as a fan - ZERO consistency....
As I said no one likes a smart arse.Was genuinely confused and thought there was a scenario I wasn't considering!
Glad we can agree Mercedes ultimately ****** it until Masi gifted it to Max