Σύμφωνα με τον Mark Hughes από το BBC o Whiting καθυστέρησε να ελέγξει το συμβάν γιατί …
Έπρεπε να «παραγγείλει» από την FOM τα πλάνα του ελικοπτέρου. Αναφέρει ο Mark Hughes :
‘In determining whether an offence had been committed he had a few key difficulties. There was no timekeeping loop at that part of the track, so the evidence was going to rely on footage and the transponders of each car – Hamilton’s and the safety car – as they crossed the safety car line.
‘The in-car footage from Hamilton was far from decisive in that it was such a close call that the angle of the view could not support a conclusion. He then ordered aerial footage from the official Formula 1 Management helicopter – and this took some time to be found.
‘The complication of the transponders in the two cars was that they were almost certainly at differing lengths from the frontal extremities of each car, so Whiting was seeking this information too. Only once he had all this compiled did he feel confident in confirming that an offence had taken place.
‘At this point, he could have chosen a harsher penalty that would have had a greater detrimental effect on Hamilton’s position. But the precedent for this offence is a drive-through. It is not in the regulations, but is at the race director’s discretion.’