Perez Calls For Drivers Who Cause Red Flags To Be Penalised – WTF1

Perez Calls For Drivers Who Cause Red Flags To Be Penalised

You might have missed it but qualifying in Imola was a record-breaker. Why? Because the chaotic wet running saw a whopping five red flags across the session, eclipsing the four seen at the 2016 Hungarian GP and the 2021 Azerbaijan GP. 

Every time the track seemed to be clear, another driver found themselves bringing out the red flag – whether it was Alex Albon’s rear brake exploding in Q1, Carlos Sainz’s crash in Q2 or Lando Norris, Kevin Magnussen and Valtteri Bottas all grinding Q3 to a halt.

Despite Magnussen’s spin across the gravel and Norris’ session-ending crash, both drivers outqualified Sergio Perez for the Sprint and the Red Bull driver wasn’t happy about what he saw as an unfair advantage.

“On the red flags, I think it was pretty intense with all the red flags and I feel like we should review the rules because I feel like if a driver makes a mistake and causes a red flag he should be penalised somehow,” Checo remarked.

“I think when we go to other tracks like Monaco or places like that, it can actually be an advantage, you can have a mistake and still be on pole so it will be nice to review.

“I know Lando did a mistake, I was one of the drivers that did it. Just going forward, I think it would be good to make sure that if you make a mistake you pay for it. ”

This issue was in the spotlight last season when Charles Leclerc grabbed pole position for the Monaco Grand Prix, despite crashing on his final lap and denying the likes of Max Verstappen a final attempt.

After that incident, Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff called for a change in the rules similar to IndyCar, where drivers who cause a red flag forfeit their two best laps.

“I didn’t know that that was the rule in the US but I think it’s an intelligent rule that would avoid confusion,” he told The Race.

Should drivers who bring out red flags be penalised? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

11 thoughts on “Perez Calls For Drivers Who Cause Red Flags To Be Penalised

      • Whatever, it’s a 🤡 topic anyways. Charles couldn’t even run on Sunday when he had that crash so the idea that he benefitted on Sunday is ludicrous. No one is going around crashing and causing red flags on purpose. The risk is too great. Checo is being an idiot.

  • The issuance of a red flag should be irrespective of what kind of mistake (if any) a driver made. Red flags are for safety reasons and if you tie anything like this to them then you invite dueling priorities, and do we really want that? Is this actually a problem that is plaguing the sport?

      • So you’re saying that when you marshall you take into account what the implications to the driver involved are before you raise a flag? That sounds ludicrous, clearly you mean something else by your statement. And while yes, I’ve never marshalled, I quite regularly officiate and teach others how to officiate. You apply the rules regardless of who the participants are and you don’t consider externalities like you suggest, if you tie things like this to penalties, and further punishment then you invite questioning of motives and no official, regardless of the sport deserves that. I mean, didn’t WTF1 just issue a video about how the penalty point system is compromised by officials not wanting to actually make it to a ban? Do we want the same thing happening with red flags?

        • Rocky Stonepebble says:

          So you’re saying that when you marshall you take into account what the implications to the driver involved are before you raise a flag?

          NO! I said: “You’ve never marshalled. I have. Including F1 races.”

          Do you just make up stuff? Are you high? Do you take opioids? WTF is wrong with you?

          When I marshal, I take into account the safety of everyone on the track. During club races, we tell Control to throw the flag. At professional races, we advise Control when to throw the flag. For F1, we advise, but it is pointless; they have TV. Red flags are thrown to make EVERYONE’s job as safe as possible.

          I’ve also done T&S for FAtlantic and others, and T&S plus pit access for IndyCar complete with hot track passes.

          So, what is your damage?

          • I’m trying figure out the point you’re tying to make because you’ve yet to disagree with anything I’ve said. Seems like you agree that factors other than safety shouldn’t influence the throwing of flags. So why are you trying to tie an outside influence by affecting the driver’s laps / qualifying? Even if no race director would be influenced, opening the door to even the appearance is not something the sport needs especially after Abu Dhabi, and the countless 2nd guessing that has happened to other decisions made before and after that incident. Again, these same officials have already shown questionable judgement when presented with decisions that might affect a driver’s eligibility for the next race.

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