Thursday, 30 October 2014

Virtual safety car to be trialed in Austin this weekend

(Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team)

The FIA have confirmed that they will trial a 'virtual safety car' during Free Practice 1 and 2 on Friday in Texas. The idea is that a 'slow zone' will be introduced in the event of an accident where drivers passing the incident will have to slow to a predetermined speed set by race control.

Drivers will have to go at a speed that is 35 percent slower then racing speeds on a dry lap and if they exceed the speed limit they will face a range of penalties.

The idea was mooted as a result of Jules Bianchi's accident at the Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka last month, 

The system, if it proves to be successful during the test on Friday will then be introduced and used from the 2015 season onwards. The key thing that the FIA want to achieve by introducing this system is to limit the risk of their being a repeat of the horrific accident that Jules Bianchi suffered in Japan in future,

© Ben Johnston 2014

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