I think he'd have been criticised more for going too fast under the safety car.
Incidently an hour after the race Merhi had to jump on a plane to Spain to go testing for Pons Racing in the 3.5 series. The fact he is doing that means one of two things. Either he knows he won't be in the Manor all season or he can't afford to buy out his contract with Pons. As he has hardly any funding at the moment it might be the latter.
Merhi has in fact done a full days testing of WSR 3.5 today in Spain. He was one of the first drivers out this morning and last on track. Only 13th fastest but blimey thats a good fitness level ain't it?
So I'm massively dissapointed with Merhi this season. For a former European F3 champ and someone who ran Carlos Sainz close in 3.5 last year I expected him to be well in front of Will Stevens who doesn't have that pedigree. Instead he's having his behind handed him on a plate. very dissapointing.
I'm sure Manor will stick with him until the end of the European Season before sticking Jordan King in the car in order to get round next years super licence rules soaybe he has time to come back but right now he is graded a D-
Autosport is still narking me off. They seem unable to believe that Stevens is capable of beating Merhi so we've had several excuses trotted out including the fact that Stevens is lighter than Merhi. I can't wait to see the revised 15 version Manor expected to run in August, with the up to date Ferrari thingy in the back, there will be no excuses.
What... the... hell was that? Going that slow on a straight with a relatively high speed corner behind it isn't too bright, but not paying attention to the cars in front of you and slamming into the back of them is just as stupid.
It's possible he was slowing down to do a burnout on his grid slot for the next race, something that they had been told in the driver briefing specifically not to do which is why the punishment is so severe.