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F1 drivers want FIA talks after Miami: They need to listen to us

Several drivers made unsuccessful calls to change elements of the Miami International Autodrome after practice crashes for Carlos Sainz and Esteban Ocon.

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McLaren's Lando Norris expects talks between drivers and the FIA following the Miami Grand Prix, where requests for track changes were not acted on.

Carlos Sainz and Esteban Ocon both suffered heavy practice accidents at Turn 14 of the all-new Miami International Autodrome, with that section of the track featuring a concrete wall on the outside, as opposed to cushioned Tecpro barriers.

After drivers raised their concerns in Friday's driver meeting, the FIA opted against making any changes, a situation that Ocon described as "unacceptable", with his car taking a 51G hit the following day that cracked the chassis.

F1 drivers to raise concerns with the FIA

Ahead of the next round in Spain, Norris is hopeful that drivers and the FIA can hold productive conversations over the matter.

"I think we'll probably discuss it as drivers and with the FIA next week, or in Barcelona," Norris explained to media, including RacingNews365.com.

"We learn from mistakes and I hope that they learn from what happened.

"I guess as drivers we kind of understand things differently to someone who's not driving the car.

"I think it's just important that when we give advice, it's taken on board, and there's actions done.

"I think there's a much bigger consequence of not having a Tecpro there than if there was to be a Tecpro there."

Norris: Drivers and the FIA need to work together more

Norris backed up Ocon's point of frustration about drivers' requests for changes being repeatedly overlooked throughout the weekend.

"Especially when it happens once," Norris went on to comment.

"We said something, nothing was done, it happened again, and it was even worse.

"I think people just need to listen to us. We're the ones driving the cars; we know more than what [the FIA] do in many things, they know better than us in some.

"We just need to work together more, but at the minute it just doesn't seem like we get heard that much."

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