Lando Norris has stated that the current “unfair” red flag rules must be modified in order to prevent “undeserving” drivers from receiving good results.
Lando Norris has reiterated his desire for F1’s red flag rules to be changed as soon as possible, claiming that they allow “undeserving” drivers to achieve success.
Norris has long been a vocal critic of the red flag rules, which allow drivers and teams to fix damage and change tyres without incurring penalties.
Norris was the main loser at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix’s red flag stoppage, sliding to the back of the field after having just completed his scheduled pit stop previous to the red flag.
Norris, who was irritated by the regulations at the moment, stated that he wants to see modifications made as part of the far-reaching rule changes that will take effect in 2022.
“I honestly still think it should be done. I still don’t think it’s a fair thing, no matter if I’ve gained from it or lost from it,” Norris told media, including RacingNews365.com, after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
“I don’t think it’s a fair thing to do. Of course, fans love it because it gives people wins and podiums who, to be harsh, don’t deserve it.
“Not because they’ve driven badly or anything, you know, they just got lucky, so I don’t feel like that’s deserved – I hope something’s done.”
What can be done to improve it?
Due to Lewis Hamilton’s ability to recover from a mistake at Imola and a collision with Max Verstappen at Silverstone, the red flag rules have made headlines on a few occasions this season.
Verstappen benefited in the Hungarian Grand Prix, taking the lead in Saudi Arabia despite not pitting until the red signal.
Norris has other proposals for making the red flag rules more fair, including keeping the mandatory pit-stop rule in place for races with such a delay.
“I don’t think it needs to be changed completely, but I think one mandatory pit-stop still needs to be in place if you’re on the slick tyres, and with the mandatory pit-stop use two different types of tyres,” he suggested.
“Therefore you can’t do it in the pit lane during the red flag. I think that’s just the only thing that shouldn’t be done.
“But of course, there are circumstances where you have to, which is if you have a puncture and stuff like that, which… I don’t know what that outcome would be. But how we have it now, I don’t think is fair.”
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