F1 warned to keep away from “knee-jerk” pink flag rule change after criticised Monza end · RaceFans

Formulation 1 must be cautious of introducing new guidelines to control the conclusion of races after the criticised finish to its final spherical at Monza, Alpine’s sporting director has mentioned.

The Italian Grand Prix completed behind the Security Automobile because it took greater than six laps to clear the observe and reorganise the sector after Daniel Ricciardo’s McLaren got here to a cease.

The anti-climactic finish to the grand prix led some to argue in favour of a guidelines change requiring races to be red-flagged in related circumstances to extend the prospect of a racing end. This occurred eventually yr’s Azerbaijan Grand Prix, which was restarted with two laps to go.

Alpine’s long-serving sporting director Alan Permane mentioned such a rule “sounds nice” however may result in unexpected issues.

“It seems like you could have a six-lap dash, everybody has contemporary tyres and we go. There shall be some unintended penalties however it’s occurred earlier than, we did it in Baku final yr. I assume you’ll be able to write that into the regs, it doesn’t sound loopy.”

Whereas Permane expects “there shall be one thing that we don’t like” about such a rule, he agrees F1 ought to endeavour to keep away from races ending behind the Security Automobile wherever potential.

“We’re right here to place a present on and that was clearly wasn’t acceptable,” he mentioned. “It’s not a great end in any respect. Nobody desires to complete below the Security Automobile. It’s depressing. It’s actually depressing for the followers.”

Nevertheless he suspects tightening up current procedures, together with the complication of when lapped automobiles must be allowed to rejoin the lead lap, can be the easiest way to do sort out the issue.

“Possibly we don’t must knee-jerk, to say each time it’s red-flagged inside 50 kilometres of the tip or one thing, you throw a pink flag. Possibly we have to simply be sure that we get these Security Automobile procedures proper.

“We’ve been working to attempt to make them faster. The issue is with Security Automobiles later within the race, you’ve obtained these lapped automobiles and we’ve had limitless discussions about methods to enhance that state of affairs. And there are undoubtedly many unintended penalties of fixing that process.”

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The query of methods to deal with late-race restarts was debated at size following the controversial conclusion to final yr’s world championship in Abu Dhabi, when FIA F1 race director Michael Masi did not observe the principles in arranging a final-lap restart which swung the result of the world championship. Additional discussions have been attributable to be held following the Monza race.

However Aston Martin staff principal Mike Krack mentioned groups have disagreed over how such conditions must be dealt with.

“It’s a subject that can come again once more on the agenda as a result of there has by no means been consensus, actually, what’s the easiest way ahead,” he mentioned. “You’ve additionally the state of affairs that we’ve got [at Monza]: Do you say, for instance, if the race would have been two or three laps longer, do you permit the lapped automobiles the place they’re? Do allow them to overtake?

“I feel this is also the choice of the race director. He has somewhat little bit of taking part in space however on the finish of the day Danny’s automobile was standing there additionally for fairly lengthy, so he can not let the race go.”

Krack mentioned it was “unlucky” the race was not restarted and, like others, believes the chance to take action was missed partly as a result of the Security Automobile incorrectly ran in entrance of George Russell as a substitute of race chief Max Verstappen for greater than a lap.

“There’s a algorithm and procedures in place that the race director has to respect,” he mentioned. “And when you could have a Security Automobile so late within the race, there’s at all times a threat that it finishes like that. I feel it was a bit unlucky that they caught George as a substitute of Max so I feel possibly a lap was misplaced. However errors occur.

“Clearly for the followers, it was not good that’s the race ends like that. However I feel they have been extra upset that Ferrari didn’t win moderately than the race ending behind the Security Automobile.”

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