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Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix 2024

Poll: Should F1 drivers be able to change tyres during a red flag?

The Monaco Grand Prix highlighted some issues with F1's current red flag rules, so should drivers be allowed to change tyres during such stoppages?

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One of the major talking points in the aftermath of the Monaco Grand Prix was whether drivers should be allowed to change tyres during red flag stoppages.

Under current rules, tyre changes and repairs to damage are permitted when a red flag has temporarily halted an F1 race - this means that teams are able to make their drivers' mandatory pit stop for free, which was saw happen during the first-lap red flag period in Monte Carlo.

It has long been a matter of debate in F1, as it advantages those who are yet to pit, whilst potentially ruining the race of those who already have.

What happened in the principality took that problem to an extreme degree. The first lap crash between Sergio Perez and the two Haas drivers not only allowed Carlos Sainz to reclaim his third-place and change tyres after his puncture, it removed the element strategy from the race entirely.

Monaco is an outlier on the F1 calendar as it is almost completely impossible to overtake there. The timing of the red flag allowed much of the field to switch to hard tyres - which could easily last the remaining 76 laps, and even those on medium tyres could nurse them to the chequered flag.

This resulted in a processional race with less than a handful of overtakes. Only Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton pitted from inside the top 10 and those 10 drivers finished the race in the places they qualified in.

The early red flag removed the one possibility of position change because there was no longer the requirement for the vast majority of the pack to pit.

Whilst Monaco is an extreme example and the worst scenario, it produced a problem that begs an obvious question: should drivers be able to change tyres during a red flag?

Let us know what you think by commenting and/or voting below in the most recent RacingNews365 poll.

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