Russell requires pink flag rethink after irritating factors near-miss
George Russell admits lacking out on his first factors in System 1 was “heartbreaking” after ending eleventh within the Tuscan Grand Prix, though he believes F1’s pink flag laws unfairly compromised his possibilities.
The Williams driver was working in ninth place after Lance Stroll crashed closely, with the incident bringing out the pink flag to permit for the barrier to be repaired. Nonetheless, on the standing begin restart Russell dropped to the again of the sphere and whereas he overtook Romain Grosjean, he was unable to seek out Sebastian Vettel forward, or get inside 5 seconds of Kimi Raikkonen who had a penalty.
“It’s heartbreaking — the entire group has labored so onerous,” Russell mentioned. “A tremendous place — P9 was beneath management, sealed, was matching the tempo of Seb and Charles (Leclerc) behind me on the same-life tire … that pink flag simply threw all of it away, actually.
“We made a very poor begin off the road — don’t know why but, procedural sensible all the pieces was spot on — having Kimi and Grosjean getting an additional lap to heat the tires up, they each obtained mega launches, which didn’t assist issues. However nonetheless simply bitterly disappointing as a result of we deserved it. It ought to have been us. Two pink flags in a single race. Ridiculous.”
Russell believes the pink flag laws want revising to make sure drivers can’t get a free pit cease and fully change the complexion of a race when it’s suspended.
“The most important factor is the tire change within the pit cease. These guys are getting free tire adjustments — we have been on an excellent tire technique, tires have been nice for us. Immediately folks can field and put no matter tires they need and get a free cease. I used to be forward of Charles, he didn’t field, he lucked into the pink flag, then he’s forward of me and may simply put a brand new set of tires on. I lose a place to him beneath the pink flag.
“In the event that they’re going to do that extra typically they should work on a few guidelines — you shouldn’t be allowed to have a free tire change, it’s a part of the race. You’re within the race, it’s good to keep on the tires you have been on on the time being. Individuals deliberate their technique round a traditional race, not round races which might be getting two pink flags in.”
Whereas Russell bemoaned his luck, he acquired some phrases of help from the driving force who beat him to tenth place and the ultimate level final Sunday.
“I felt a bit sorry for him as a result of I feel he drove rather well,” Vettel mentioned of Russell. “Particularly earlier than the final restart he was quicker than us, he was extra constant, he managed his race properly — I may see what he was doing.
“It can come for him, the poor soul! I feel he actually deserved a degree. Clearly if I let him by on the final lap as a result of I assumed he fought most likely more durable than anybody else, then if I’m going to courtroom I’m most likely hung! However I really feel a bit sorry for him as a result of he actually fought his approach as much as the factors and didn’t get the consequence that he deserved.”