Max Chilton says mastering art of blue flags a priority

Max Chilton believes that learning to minimise the time lost to blue flags is a priority after his Formula 1 debut in the Australian Grand Prix

Max Chilton says mastering art of blue flags a priority

The 21-year-old lost time early in the race after a long pit-stop to replace a front wing damaged by clipping the back of Giedo van der Garde's Caterham as it returned from an off-track moment.

This meant that Chilton was being lapped earlier in the race than he might have been, which made it difficult to lap consistently.

The FIA takes a hard line on blue flags, with drivers given drive-through penalties if they fail to cede position to cars that are lapping them.

"The team did say it's a bit of an art and that it would take more than the first race to get used to it," Chilton told AUTOSPORT.

"I had already started learning towards the end of the race how to do it and how much you can gain by doing it at the right point.

"I'm learning, I'll work on it and see how it is in Malaysia.

"Hopefully we'll not get the blue flags [so early] next time and be able to go from there."

He added that his run to 17th place in Australia was compromised not only by blue flags but also by the amount of time he spent stuck behind van der Garde.

The blue flags and the number of times that the Dutchman could activate the DRS thanks to the faster cars meant that Chilton lost a lot of time battling with him.

He eventually got ahead with nine laps to go and then pulled out over 26s by the chequered flag.

"Every time I caught him, I'd see him go off in the distance again because of the blue flags," said Chilton.

"And whenever I caught him, he'd get the DRS from cars that had just overtaken him, so it took far too long to get past.

"But when we did get past, I pulled away really quickly and the car showed its potential."

shares
comments
Ferrari admits windtunnel switch will affect 2014 car development

Previous article

Ferrari admits windtunnel switch will affect 2014 car development

Next article

Red Bull fastest... but does that matter?

Red Bull fastest... but does that matter?
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Author Edd Straw
How “overwhelming” McLaren move has given Ricciardo a new verve Plus

How “overwhelming” McLaren move has given Ricciardo a new verve

Daniel Ricciardo has found a new lease of life at McLaren – a move that’s been years in the making, as he explains to STUART CODLING…

The German legend who raced and beat Nuvolari Plus

The German legend who raced and beat Nuvolari

Ninety years ago, Rudolf Caracciola became the first non-Italian to win the epic Mille Miglia. We look at how he stacks up to the most famous pre-war ace Tazio Nuvolari, one of the drivers he beat on that day in 1931

How 2021's midfielders have taken lessons from F1's top teams Plus

How 2021's midfielders have taken lessons from F1's top teams

Formula 1’s latest Imola adventure turned into an expensive trip for many teams due to several crashes throughout the weekend. While balancing the books is an added factor in 2021 with the cost cap, a few midfield teams have cashed in early on development investments

Formula 1
Apr 19, 2021
Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Driver Ratings

A frantic wet race at Imola produced plenty of excitement and drama as drivers scrabbled for grip. Amid the hatful of mistakes and incidents that ensued, who kept their noses cleanest?

Formula 1
Apr 19, 2021
How the Emilia Romagna GP result hinged on three crucial saves Plus

How the Emilia Romagna GP result hinged on three crucial saves

Rain before the start of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix promised to spice up the action, and the race certainly delivered on that. Max Verstappen got the best launch to win from Lewis Hamilton, but both got away with mistakes that could have had serious consequences

Formula 1
Apr 19, 2021
The back-bedroom world-beater that began a new F1 era Plus

The back-bedroom world-beater that began a new F1 era

The first in a line of world beaters was designed in a back bedroom and then constructed in a shed. STUART CODLING recalls the Tyrrell 001

Formula 1
Apr 18, 2021
The clues Hamilton’s F1 contract afterthought gives to his future Plus

The clues Hamilton’s F1 contract afterthought gives to his future

The Formula 1 world reacted with surprise when it learned Lewis Hamilton’s long-awaited new Mercedes deal guarantees his presence on the grid only until the end of 2021. Both parties claimed publicly they were happy with the arrangement but, asks MARK GALLAGHER, is there more to it than that?

Formula 1
Apr 17, 2021
How a harshly ejected Red Bull star has been hooked by racing again Plus

How a harshly ejected Red Bull star has been hooked by racing again

Driver-turned-DJ Jaime Alguersuari lost his love for motorsport when he was booted out of Formula 1 just as he was starting to polish his rough edges. Having drifted from category to category then turned his back on racing altogether in 2015, he’s come full circle and is planning a return in karts for fun

Formula 1
Apr 17, 2021