The Australian Grand Prix has been red-flagged just eight laps in the race after Alexander Albon crashed out.
The Safety Car was initially dispatched in response to the incident. However the FIA F1 race director Niels Wittich then decided to red flag the race.
An FIA spokesperson confirmed the race was suspended “due to the amount of gravel and debris on the track that needs clearing.”
George Russell had taken the lead of the race but pitted during the initial Safety Car period. Carlos Sainz Jnr also pitted, and the Ferrari driver expressed his frustration on learning the race would be red-flagged, as under F1’s rules all drivers are able to replace their tyres during the suspension.
The race will restart with 50 laps to go and Lewis Hamilton leading ahead of Max Verstappen. Former leader Russell fell to seventh and Sainz is 11th.
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6 comments on “Australian Grand Prix stopped after eight laps as Albon crashes”
2nd April 2023, 8:08
Can we have another restart please please please. Not because of racing but for the show, you know…
2nd April 2023, 9:20
ok. Are you Satisfied now?
2nd April 2023, 8:12
In over 40 years of watching F1, I don’t think I have ever seen a Red Flag for gravel.
Having the 2 red flags this race have been nothing more than farcical!
2nd April 2023, 8:34
I agree. Plus they’re dangerous – every time you restart you gamble with people’s races, cars and safety. They shouldn’t be used like confetti for extra excitement.
2nd April 2023, 17:27
I also remember that cars were recovered from gravel under yellow flags in no time. These days it happens so quickly that I start to think that marshals firstly hold a vote who will go, then race director holds another vote – vsc, sc, or red flag. Then RD decides and gives results back to the marshals who vote again who will do it.
Darryn Smith (@darryn)
2nd April 2023, 8:15
What an embarrassment. Make a decision and apply it. People will be upset either way.
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