Drivers are calling for answers from the FIA after three red flags were thrown during the Australian Grand Prix as well as other incidents from previous races.
Drivers up and down the Formula 1 grid are calling for answers from the FIA regarding "rogue" decisions made in recent races over the start of the 2023 season. The Austrlian Grand Prix saw three different red flag periods only for the race to finish under the safety car.
Mercedes driver George Russell who is also one of the directors for the Grand Prix Drivers Association (GPDA) feels the drivers biggest concern right now is the inconsistentcy from the FIA. The drivers feel that the stewards are making the wrong decisions when it comes to racing and certain situations.
Russell expects there to be a lot of conversations going on between the drivers and the FIA after recent events at the chaotic Australian Grand Prix. The restart on lap 57 out of 58 saw 4 different incidents take out 4 drivers meaning only 12 drivers finished the race.
When speaking to Motorsport.com Russell said "We can't really be having weekends that are just totally dictated by what somebody in the race control office wants to do.
"We've seen a few crazy or rogue decisions being made recently. If they're consistent, that's absolutely fine. But it's the inconsistency that makes it challenging for the rest of us."
The Brit has also criticised the FIA for changing the lenght of DRS zones with him and other drivers feeling that the FIA are going in the wrong direction with racing. DRS zones at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix this weekend have been shortened by 100 meters and said that overtaking has become more difficult since 2022 with the evolution the cars have gone through over the winter.
When talking about the FIA handle changes when involving the drivers Russell said "We will be raising it for sure." He went onto say "I mean, it's only a hundred metres [here]. It's not going to change the world, but it's directionally incorrect.
"We just want to be kept in the loop whenever these decisions are being made, and to have an opinion or share a thought that can contribute towards their decision.
"That's a process that we still need to work on because, clearly, we're all in this together and we only want the best for the sport."