Listen to this article Currently the rule allows backmarkers to try and stave off the lead cars until they’re a lap down to the whole field, something that drew criticism, bewilderment exasperation from Power, Colton Herta and Romain Grosjean in Friday’s media conference. Following the opening round of the season in which he finished third, Power brought up the topic again, after struggling to find a way past Chip Ganassi Racing’s Jimmie Johnson in the closing laps, effectively ending his chances of joining the Scott McLaughlin vs Alex Palou battle for the win. Passing Johnson had reduced McLaughlin’s lead over Palou from 1.1sec to 0.6sec, and Power was annoyed that Johnson was allowed to try and stay ahead of him, even though he was now a lap down on the leader. Power had stopped later than his fellow two-stopping rivals, and therefore had more fuel to burn and had hitherto been lapping 0.2-0.3sec faster. Getting caught behind Johnson cost him 1.4sec, and en …

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