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Daniel Ricciardo proposes new F1 rule that would help Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen – Express

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Daniel Ricciardo might be losing his spot on the F1 grid at the end of the 2022 season, but he has proposed a new rule the sport and its governing body, the FIA, should impose to help drivers. Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen were among the F1 stars hounded by excited fans in the paddock during Mexican Grand Prix weekend, and Ricciardo has called for change.
Access to the F1 paddock used to be one of the most prestigious luxuries in sport, but rules have become more lenient since fans have been able to purchase packages to see their favourite drivers up close. And it was noticeably problematic at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.
Drivers were borderline harassed for pictures and autographs while moving between their team buildings to the garage. And Ricciardo has spoken out about the issue, nudging F1 and the FIA to introduce ‘off-limits intervals’ so drivers can fully concentrate before risking their life by getting in their cars and going racing.
The McLaren driver said: “When you’re about to get into the car, that’s a sensitive moment. The thing as well is that people forget this isn’t an ordinary sport. We’re not just – I don’t want to say another sport because it sounds like I’m disrespecting it.
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McLaren driver Daniel Ricciardo.
“But we’re jumping in cars and going at the speeds we go, and we require a certain amount of commitment, concentration, and that kind of stuff. That’s just the truth. Especially the fact as well that it’s not an ordinary sport. There needs to be some distance before the time that we go into the car and compete.
“It could even be there’s a little bit of an off-limits interval of 15, 20 minutes before the session starts; some form of guideline that this is a moment where the drivers are kept to themselves.
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Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen.
“Again, I don’t want to come up with solutions on the spot, but we do need to get in a certain head space to get behind the wheel of these cars. I think having some distance around those crucial moments could be helpful.”
With just races in Brazil and Abu Dhabi left this season, it feels doubtful that F1 could change their access at such short notice for those fans who have already purchased their highly sought-after packages. However, Ricciardo won’t be the only driver disgruntled by the situation, which could lead to a change being made to help those in the paddock from 2023 onwards.
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