Zak Brown, CEO of McLaren, has spoken out in support of Carlos Sainz’s opinion about drivers who cause red flags during Qualifying. The Ferrari driver has claimed that drivers triggering red flags and ruining other people’s Qualifying should be handed some kind of penalty.
This issue became the talk of the town following the falling out between Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez at Red Bull. It is widely believed that their feud roots back to the 2022 Monaco Grand Prix.
During the Monaco GP Qualifying, Sergio Perez spun out during Qualifying, ruining Max Verstappen’s shot at the pole position. Sergio Perez went on to win the Grand Prix.
Carlos Sainz was the person whose Ferrari was hit by Sergio Perez when he spun out. He said on Thursday that all the drivers agree that if anyone ruins other people’s attempts during Qualifying by bringing out a red flag, they should be penalized for it.
Zak Brown raised this issue during the F1 Commission meeting in Abu Dhabi. Everyone agreed that the matter should be discussed in the Sporting Advisory Committee of the FIA. This is the body that frames the rules and regulations of the sport.
Not all team bosses agree with Zak Brown
Zak Brown spoke to Motorsport.com about the issue and said, “They do that in other forms of motorsports, the penalties, you just lose your fastest lap from that session, and all the drivers tend to do one lap runs so that would penalize the driver if it was intentional or unintentional. Because you’ve messed up someone else’s laps.”
He explained that it is an easy solution that can be put into effect right away. Zak Brown claimed that the rule should also be extended to drivers who impede other drivers. They should be given a penalty right away.
Toto Wolff also agreed with Zak Brown and said that it was a good idea to implement. He also put up the example of Formula E and said that this kind of a rule already exists in Formula E, thus he doesn’t see any reason why it cannot be implemented in Formula 1.
However, not all team principals are on board with the idea. Mike Krack, team boss of Aston Martin has claimed that this new rule would be very difficult to police.
He suggested that they need to look case-by-case at similar situations in the past 10 years and try and figure out if it can be done. “I think it would be easy to say yeah, it has to be like that, but I think it will be a tough call to do it,” he said.