F1 » Monaco red flag tyre change 'detracted from race'

Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery and sportscar star Allan McNish suggest an amendment needs to be made to the F1 regulations after Monaco's red flag tyre change last weekend denied fans a thrilling finale

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USF1_Fan - Unregistered

June 01, 2011 1:35 PM

Yes, they screwed up by allowing the tire change and it definitely detracted from the race.

And yes, they SHOULD have just called the race at that point, and I say that as someone who thinks the finishing order was likely to end up Button, Alonso, Vettel if the accident had not happened at all!

Stopping and restarting the race after the accident and with just a few laps to go was just asking for accidents and not a good move.


June 01, 2011 1:38 PM

I whole heartedly agree, that ridiculous tyre change rule ruined what would have definitely been and exciting battle to the chequered flag. Something needs to be done about the red flag rules, because RBR received a 'get out of jail free' card on Sunday.

Rob01 - Unregistered

June 01, 2011 1:42 PM

In years past Vettel would have won under the red without finishing the last five laps. So actually it was a first that the race was even restarted. I would have loved to see Vettel finish on those tires.


June 01, 2011 1:58 PM

It's not really even a rule per se, it's just that when the cars are lined up on the grid after a red flag they're essentially in the pitlane. And when you're in the pitlane, you can change tyres. And fix rear wings.

So if they want to change this they'll have to come up with a whole extra book of rules on what you can and can't do during a red flag. Not worth the trouble.


June 01, 2011 2:10 PM
Last Edited 1795 days ago

@Firefly - It is a rule.

FIA Sporting regulations- 41) 41.4:
"cars may be worked on once they have stopped on the gridor entered the pits but any such work must not impede the resumption of the race"

The exception as also noted under 41.4 is that cars may not be refueled on the grid under a red flag scenario. All other work is permitted. The rules are there, mate. It's not a loophole the teams all found last Sunday.

nsSherlock - Unregistered

June 01, 2011 2:12 PM

Charlie Whiting's view that a red flag is effectivley a stationary safety car situation is fair enough, but you don't exactly get teams working on the car, let alone changing the tyres, when behind the safety car. Why is it allowed then under red flag?

walrus909 - Unregistered

June 01, 2011 2:17 PM

Typical, horse gone barn door etc. Here is a sport where you have the FIA, Fota, Bernie, the Stewards, the Driver Steward... There are more rules makers than drivers. F1 is a great example of what would happen if a government sanctioned racing. And yes the fans were robbed of a finish that WOULD have been dictated by strategy.

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