ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - DECEMBER 11: Alexander Albon of Thailand and Red Bull Racing talks to the media in the Paddock after practice ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on December 11, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Alex Albon is the latest driver to complain about the red flag rules in F1, saying that the situation is never in the team’s hands.

The Saudi Arabian GP threw up the latest episode in the debate on the red flag rules in F1. There, a yellow flag saw half the grid pit, and among those who stayed out was Albon’s former teammate Max Verstappen.

Verstappen’s gamble turned into an incredible slice of luck as the yellow turned red. The rules state that a red flag situation allows a free change of tyres, which meant the Dutchman emerged from the restart in the lead.

Multiple drivers lost track positions because of their pit stops, only for the red flag to appear and give them a mountain to climb. Albon became the latest driver to complain about the red flag rules, saying that it needs to be addressed as soon as possible.

Speaking to the F1 Nation podcast, the Thai driver said, “I don’t think it’s fair, but I think it has to be changed at the end of the year.

Red flags in F1 have always been contentious. Source: formula1.com

Undeserved if he won

Lando Norris was one of the drivers who suffered because of the red flag. His post-race rant exposed everything wrong in the rule, as he blatantly let rip on his undoing in the race.

“I don’t feel like it’s deserved in a way, it’s just complete luck, and it’s luck that doesn’t need to be given to someone and that’s pretty much what it is, just given to someone,” he said.

“I just feel like it’s such an unfair thing, they should still have to do that pit stop, it should be more just unlucky rather than getting lucky.”

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