Tanak pushes FIA to react on hybrid regulations

Ott Tanak hopes FIA will react to hybrid regulations failures and is being optimistic that the discussions will start soon.

According to FIA sporting regulations, if one driver faces a hybrid issue which will trigger ared light, then he is forced to retire for safety reasons and he is able to restart the next day under the regulations of Rally2.

At Rally Sweden, Tanak was forced to retire at the end of Stage 5 as he reported that the hybrid unit was not working and then the red light appeared.

The same problem happened with Elfyn Evans who was forced to retire from the first stage of the last day of Rally Sweden meaning that he scored zero points there.

However, many drivers reported issues with the hybrid units such as Kalle Rovanpera who reported this problem on the first Sunday stage, but he managed to continue his race and to get to the finish line of Rally Sweden.

It is noticeable that the hybrid rules about retirement are unfair as some drivers can continue their race whereas other drivers must retire and take penalties if they restart under the regulations of Rally2.

"I hope the FIA will react and we will have some discussions.", Tanak said.

"But obviously what happened is not really what sport needs and what sport should be. 

"Let’s see what comes up.

"I really hope that something comes up after the rally and we will start to have some discussions. 

"It’s been quite strange and for sure it’s not leaving a professional feeling to the sport you know.

"I don’t know about the regulations, I mean generally what’s been happening it’s not rallying.

"If somebody’s just telling you to stop and you do retire and then do Rally 2 it makes no sense when everything is like it is.

"It’s a third party which we can’t change, the manufacturer or myself, so yeah. 

"It is like it is, I hope there will be some discussions after the rally".

Source: DirtFish.com

Photo Credits: Hyundai

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