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Norris lashes out at “stupid” F1 purple flag tyre change rule

Norris was working in third place for a lot of the opening stint of the Monza race, behind Lewis Hamilton and Carlos Sainz.

However, for the restart after the purple flag he discovered himself behind Pierre Gasly and Antonio Giovinazzi, who had pitted earlier than the remainder of the sector, in addition to Lance Stroll,  who had not stopped.

Stroll was capable of benefit from the rule that enables drivers to alter tyres underneath a purple flag, and it meant that he would not must make a cease underneath inexperienced flag circumstances.

Norris spent the remainder of the race following Stroll’s Racing Point, on his option to fourth place.

The only reason I think I was not on the podium today was because Stroll benefited from a free pitstop which is a bit of a stupid rule because they get it for free, and they don’t deserve it in many ways,” Norris informed Sky F1.

“I think it should be taken out. I think we had the two examples, we’ve got Gasly who boxed before, and he was ahead with the red flag. And he was there, so that was fair, you can’t do anything about that.

“But for somebody who simply hasn’t boxed, they only gained 24 seconds doing nothing. He ought to nonetheless must pit, it is his fault they have not boxed but. You can get fortunate by doing by what Pierre did, however that is I believe simply honest play.

“But the one of not having to box and getting to use that mandatory pitstop, which they didn’t really do, is a thing which I don’t think is right.”

McLaren staff boss Andreas Seidl stated he accepted the rule, noting that groups had been nicely conscious of it.

“I don’t see any issue with the regulations, how they are,” he stated when requested by Motorsport.com. “We all work together, as teams together with FIA to get it to the point where it is right now.

“I perceive the feelings of Lando at the moment, however there can even be occasions the place it performs in our fingers extra. So, the laws are what they’re, everyone knows the laws, we had been all voting for this regulation, so no cause to complain. Heads down and get on with it.”

Asked if he would discuss the rule with Norris, he added: “I do not suppose there’s lots to speak or clarify. That’s emotion throughout a race which can be nice to see.

“I mean, these guys are the heroes of the sport, they give it all when they are in these cars, they fight for every tenth, and if then something hits you, which at this moment of time you think is the not most fair thing in this sport, obviously you see an emotional reaction. But I’m sure he’s fine again now.”

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FIA race director Michael Masi stated that he was open to reviewing the regulation.

“From my understanding, the race suspension regulations have been as such for quite a long time,” he stated.

“Thankfully it’s not something that occurs all that often, and if there are elements of the regulations that need to be reviewed, we will review it in a sporting working group with all of the teams’ sporting directors, and if something is necessary, go through the required process to do it.

“Nothing will change for the rest of 2020, however we’ll have a dialogue about what occurs sooner or later, study from it, and see if there’s something that may be improved.”

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