Championship leader Lewis Hamilton has laughed at the new ‘red flag’ qualy rule brought into effect for this weekends German grand prix.
In Budapest, Lewis went straight to Charlie Whiting after qualifying to voice his concerns on the German’s pole lap set under the yellow flag conditions. Mercedes boss Paddy Lowe confirmed Lewis did in-fact go to see Charlie.
“It’s my understanding that Lewis did go and see Charlie but it wasn’t in any way to seek a review of Nico’s lap – it was for his own understanding of what should be done in the future, how that should work for him in the future,” explained Lowe.
“I think that was regrettable.
“Personally, he should have kept to advice from the team and we can obtain that from Charlie as necessary.
“But I don’t think there was any harm done. It was just a misjudgement from that point of view.”
No harm done? Obviously the vocal displeasure about the rules, or the governing of them has prompted Charlie to react. A decision where Lewis himself probably feels regrettable.
“You are not supposed to go green or purple. You should be a certain amount slower than your previous lap. Stopping the session guarantees it. It still doesn’t address what happens after a yellow flag, which you can kind of cheat and people will cheat. It needs to be thought out more.
“Nico Hulkenberg had the smallest lift [during Q1 for the Austrian GP]… literally foot 100%, 0%, back to 100 within a tenth of a second. We will still have problems moving forward. It is not the perfect solution. They have to come up with something better, for sure.”