I agree. Altough drivers were reporting that the cars was just aquaplaning all over the track,I don’t understand one thing. Why are they so worried about the safety ? The speeds in these kind of conditions are not fast and the run-off areas at sepang are quite wide for the drivers escape unhurt and cars taken off the track in one peas.
If i Remember correctly,then the FIA said this: The codnitions on track are wery dangerous,even the safety car is in danger.
As much as a red flag delay disrupts the race, what would be worse is if the race was ruined under the SC, by some drivers going off and worse, taking the top drivers with them. How annoying to find that once the SC was in, as conditions improved to find only half a dozen cars left on the track.
I’m not sure that would ruin a race @katederby! In fact I have quite enjoyed many a chaotic race where leading drivers have slithered off the track due to the conditions. Sure it can be frustrating if it is one of ‘your’ drivers or teams, but that is and always has been the nature of F1. Rather than laps behind the safety car or Red Flagging a race, I would rather see a return of Extreme Wets or ‘Monsoon’ tyres and teams having to adjust the ride heights of cars to cope.
Fine if the chaos is in a real race situation, what I was referring to is the Safety Car situation where it’s not racing but still the bad conditions result in drivers being punted off.
But yes, if we have genuine wet tyres that means racing can continue then I’d rather see racing from lights to flag with no cautions or stoppages.
There is certainly something to be said for the notion that if it’s wet then you should just go at a slower speed, and it is certainly worth noting that going back further, to races like Spain 1996 or Australia 1989 the race continued while those unable to cope spun off. It led to some surprise results, and also allowed a good driver to really shine. Having said that, there is a difference between a really wet race and monsoon conditions, which we saw in Malaysia. The fact is that these cars aquaplane very easily if there is enough standing water, and I dare say that the race would have been stopped 10 years ago.
On the other hand, I do feel that if the race is stopped, then there should be one lap behind the safety car on the restart then the cars should be allowed to go. If the safety car is out for so long everyone is ready to change onto Intermediates, then there is something wrong there, but that’s a different matter.
So to answer your question, I think the red flag was the right call in Malaysia because the cars would have aquaplaned off otherwise. Although I do see your point, and I think we all have things we would like to see change.