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GP Week : Issue 212
MANAGING EDITOR: Chris Lambden firstname.lastname@example.org CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Formula 1: Phil Branagan Paolo Filisetti (F1 Tech Editor) Mike Doodson Kate Walker Sean Kelly MotoGP: Michael Scott Phil Branagan Social Media: Ernie Black PhOTOGRAPhy Sutton Motorsport Images www.sutton-images.com Keith Sutton email@example.com: Mark Sutton, Patrik Lundin, Luca Martini PUBlIShER Chris Lambden firstname.lastname@example.org PUBlIShED By: Grand Prix Week Ltd 61 Watling Street, Towcester Northants NN12 6AG United Kingdom ADVERTISING: n Mark Sutton email@example.com n se Asia, Australasia GPWEEK (Australia) firstname.lastname@example.org n Richard Partridge email@example.com Ph: + 44 1273 232 566 Mob: + 44 7771 567 644 .com WEEK F1 >>> nEWs Accessible via the GPWeeK APP CLICK on the appropriate provider (right) FIA TO LOOK AT SC, YELLOW FLAG REGS The FIA has met with drivers and team representatives to investigate changes to Formula 1’s yellow flag implementation. In the wake of Jules Bianchi’s accident in Japan, the spor t ’s governing body is seeking a method of slowing the cars down under yellow flags. FIA race direc tor Charlie Whiting told the assembled media that the governing body wants to find a way to impose a speed limit on the cars, though any such changes will not come into effect until at least the start of the 2015 season. “I think there are some things to learn and we want to engage with all the teams and drivers to make sure that we come up with good, sound and well thought through ideas,” Whiting said. “I think one of the most important things for us to learn is that it is probably better to take the decision to slow down away from the drivers. “It’s better to try to put in place a system where it is much clearer to ever ybody how much we think cars should slow down under similar circums tances. That ’s what we are working on starting tomorrow morning with a meeting of all the teams to discuss exactly that – a way of trying to impose, for want of a bet ter expression, a speed limit. It probably won’t be a speed limit as such, but it probably will be a way of controlling the speed with complete cer tainty and complete clarity.” One of the methods could be that the Race Director activate the warning systems that currently alert drivers to a Safety Car without actually deploying the Safety Car. In effect, the cars would slow down and hold formation without a physical presence on the track. “What we could do is effectively pull a safety car but not actually send a safety car out. So, we’d do exactly what we do now, the drivers will all see the safet y car delta on their dashboard and they will follow that. What normally happens now is that they have to follow that and keep positive [above the time indicated] to the safety car delta at the safety car one line, which is the safety car line before the pit entrance. So as long as they are positive by that point then they are legal. “ W hat we are thinking of doing is to ex tend that requirement so the driver has to be positive all the way through the double yellow sector. Taking Suzuka as an example, from Turn 6 you would have to be positive all the way through those t wo yellow sectors. That’s one of a number of ways we are considering and there are a few ideas coming in from various sources.” 9 GPWEEK.com // 9 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: