Lauda critical of British GP red flag decision

A marshal waves a red flag during the British GP

A marshal waves a red flag during the British GP

Mercedes team co-boss Niki Lauda has criticised officials for red flagging the British Grand Prix on the opening lap to clear Kimi Raikkonen’s wrecked Ferrari and for the hour delay as workers replaced the damaged guard railing.

Lauda told media at Silverstone. “To stop the race for one hour because one of the barriers is damaged is ridiculous. Formula 1 is over-regulated.”

“They are never going to hit [that barrier] again. They take care of every little detail and a lot of people will switch the television off,” added Lauda

The last time a Formula 1 race was red flagged due to a first lap incident 2000 Monaco Grand Prix, after Pedro de la Rosa collided with Jenson Button.

Lewis Hamilton went on to win the race for Mercedes. (GP247)