The scenario surrounding drivers benefiting from inflicting purple flags turned a speaking level on the Monaco Grand Prix after Charles Leclerc secured pole place when he crashed into the obstacles.
Together with his Q3 accident bringing out the purple flags, it meant that his closest rivals didn’t have the prospect to knock him off the highest spot.
Numerous American sequence, together with IndyCar and IMSA, have totally different guidelines which imply any driver who triggers a purple flag in qualifying loses his two finest qualifying occasions.
Had that rule been in place for F1, then it will have meant Leclerc would have been stripped of pole place for his Monaco crash and been moved again to 10th on the grid.
Wolff was unaware that such a rule was in use in American sequence, however reckoned it might be good for F1 – particularly as it will finish suspicions of drivers intentionally getting periods stopped.
“I did not know that that was the rule within the US however I believe it is an clever rule,” stated Wolff. “That may keep away from confusion.
“I do not suppose that Charles put it within the wall at this time, as a result of there’s simply an excessive amount of at stake. However it will be a pleasant little incentive to guarantee that all of the polemic that such a scenario provokes is out of query, and isn’t taking place as a result of no person would doubt it.”
Marshals help Charles Leclerc, Ferrari SF21, after he crashes out of qualifying
Photograph by: Steve Etherington / Motorsport Images
However, whereas Wolff thinks it’s a good suggestion, drivers should not so satisfied that it’s crucial in F1.
Max Verstappen stated: “I believe there’s a distinction when a man makes a mistake and hits the wall, or doing it deliberately. I believe had Charles simply parked with a damaged entrance wing, it is a totally different story.
“However after all he simply clipped the wall, initially, after which ended up the place I’ve ended up twice! So, it is simply unlucky. In fact, I am disillusioned to not have a shot at pole however that is life. Typically you may’t do it. It is advantageous.
“I do not suppose his lap ought to have, or ought to be deleted sooner or later if presumably they wish to make rule adjustments.
“I do not suppose that will be truthful – as a result of we’re all making an attempt so exhausting – and it is not really easy round right here, particularly on the restrict. It is easy to make a mistake.”
Valtteri Bottas added: “I believe the regulation is ok. I imply, it’s what it’s. Typically in sport issues do not place into your fingers. Typically you get fortunate, generally unfortunate and that is what occurs.”