American racing legend Mario Andretti believes that Will Power's outburst following last weekend's controversial finish to the Loudon IndyCar Series race will not harm the series' image.
Power was caught on camera making an angry gesture towards race control after the field was ordered to restart on a wet track with a few laps to go, triggering a multi-car accident. This was followed up with an outburst on TV directed towards IndyCar president of competition Brian Barnhart.
The Penske driver later apologised, but 1978 Formula 1 world champion and four-time IndyCar champion Andretti said that Power had done nothing wrong.
"I didn't see a single element that was totally negative," Andretti told AUTOSPORT. "Will Power flipping the bird... I thought that was the best part of the day!"
Andretti said that he sympathised with drivers such as Power who felt that they had been put at risk unnecessarily by the decision to restart in the wet.
"It was a bad call by the officials when they went green and the track was clearly wet," he told AUTOSPORT. "Slicks and the wet, and you have stagger on the wheels... if you spin the wheels, the car is almost going to turn around by itself."
For more from Mario Andretti about last weekend's New Hampshire race, see this week's issue of AUTOSPORT magazine.