Alonso regrets the ‘kamikaze strategy’ created by the red flag

Alonso regrets the ‘kamikaze strategy’ created by the red flag
Alonso regrets the ‘kamikaze strategy’ created by the red flag

The red flag interruption of the 2024 Monaco Grand Prix from the start has put the debate regarding tire changes when the race is stopped back on the table. The F1 Sporting Regulations require drivers, when the track is dry, to use two different specifications of slick tires but do not link this to a pit stop. Consequently, changing tires when the cars are under red flag regime makes it possible to respect the rule without having to stop in the pits and therefore without risking losing any position on the track, which is crucial in Monaco.

This question is regularly debated during race interruptions but the case of Monaco adds particular circumstances to this problem: the circuit being too narrow not to make the slightest overtaking attempt risky and being too undemanding to the tires so that their wear be critical, it was entirely possible for the drivers to cover 77 of the 78 laps on the program in one go at a very contained pace.

Fernando Alonso, who obviously counted in part on strategy to try to reverse the trend after his elimination in Q1, regretted that the red flag deprived the race of its “only point of interest” by removing the need to stop and forcing drivers, especially those who had to put on medium tires after starting on hard tires, to take the risk of going to the end under penalty of losing even more.

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“When there’s a red flag and you change tires and you go all the way… The only point of a Monaco race is the pit stops you have to make.”estimated the Spaniard. “If you take away the excitement of a pit stop, the race is reduced to nothing.”

“Maybe this reopens the debates about red flags, the idea of ​​not being able to change tires or being forced to have the same [type de] tire or something like that, because if it’s not there are certain occasions where the race is compromised.”

“In our case we were unlucky. I think we didn’t have the pace. It was a bad weekend, there’s no doubt about it. We can’t hide our performance, but we nor can we hide the fact that we have been very unlucky.”

“We started with a hard tire, just to go to the end and have an alternative strategy. There is a red flag, so we have to go up the medium and do 78 laps with the medium, which is a kamikaze strategy, but it “It was the only way to try and score some points.”

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