The stolen departure rule modified and now more severe

The stolen departure rule modified and now more severe
The stolen departure rule modified and now more severe

As we informed you during the Chinese Grand Prix weekend, the FIA ​​has amended the Formula 1 Sporting Regulations regarding stolen starts. A modification which follows several controversial cases, and discussions held with the teams. The most recent example remains that of Lando Norris in Jeddah, who was not sanctioned even though he had moved and then stopped before the lights went out at the start of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

Until now, only the motion sensor installed by the FIA ​​on the single-seaters was used to determine whether or not there had been a false start. However, this incorporates a tolerance, which has caused misunderstanding between what could sometimes be observed with the naked eye and what is actually indicated by this sensor.

From now on, as stated in article 48 of the Formula 1 Sporting Regulations in its new form, the notion of a stolen start will be judged differently. The paragraph indicating that only the transponder could determine whether a departure was valid or not was replaced to stipulate, in paragraph 48.1 (a), that an infraction will be noted if a pilot “moved after the fourth light was lit and before the signal to start was given by the extinction of all the red lights.”

In other words, if they are notified of a suspected violation by the race management, the marshals will be able, in addition to the transponder, to use other elements such as images to determine and/or sanction a stolen start. .

A measure to avoid Suzuka embarrassment

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Few teams had driven in the rain in FP2 at Suzuka.

Photo by: Simon Galloway / Motorsport Images

The Sporting Regulations have also been amended in terms of tire allocation, in order to avoid reliving a situation like that of the second free practice session for the Japanese Grand Prix. The pilots had hardly driven while it was raining, in order to save intermediate trains.

From now on, the regulations provide that if a free practice session takes place on a track declared wet, then a set of intermediate tires must be returned by the teams before qualifying. They will therefore no longer be tempted to preserve one since it will be lost regardless. This modification ensures that the allocation planned for the weekend is not changed in quantity while having a direct effect on the behavior of the stables in the event of rain.

The new article 30.5 g specifies: “Of the five sets of intermediate tires allocated to each driver by article 30.2 a) ii), if FP1, EL2 or EL3 are declared ‘wet’, a set of intermediate tires must be returned electronically no later than two hours after the end of EL3”.

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