Take away blue flags and penalties - Warwick

Published on 15 Jan 2017 08:00

BRDC president Derek Warwick has called for Formula One to go back to old school racing by getting rid of penalties and blue flags.

The Briton thinks that the sporting regulations implemented are there to monitor the drivers at the front of the grid.

"I always think that regulations are made for the front end of the grid. The people that talk in the drivers’ briefing to Charlie, like Vettel and Webber when he was there, Alonso, Button, all the experienced guys that want the best for them to make their race perfect.

"It’s them that have really pushed the blue flags, people being penalised and allowing cars to overtake and all that sort of thing.

“We need to come back and help the back end of the grid I think," he said. “Let people work out how to overtake when they’re coming to lap a slow car like we used to.

"Take away blue flags. Take away all these penalties. Let’s get back to harder, harsher racing," he told an audience at the Autosport International show in Birmingham this week.

"These guys will enjoy Formula One more if all of a sudden the great drivers like Lewis Hamilton, who will be unbelievable in traffic without the blue flags, will be even more unbelievable. That will bring fans to Silverstone and watch the British Grand Prix."


Fergal Walsh

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