Greater freedom for the contact in Formula 1 by regulation


From 2018, the contacts on the track between drivers Formula 1 will be subjected to a scrutiny much less severe. This has been reflected in a formal manner in the last change to the sporting regulations, adopted by the Commission of the Formula 1 and the World Council of the Motor in the meetings of the past week. Throughout 2017, was passed to the pilots on several occasions for contacts light in the gain position, something that many in the category have been criticized for considering that encouraged pilots not to risk not to be penalized.

From now, only collisions in which one of the drivers involved is at fault in a clear manner will be penalized. According to the article 38 of the sporting regulations, “Incidents during the race”, in his second appendix , “shall be at the discretion of the stewards to decide if a pilot is involved in an accident should be penalized. Except that for commissioners it is clear that a pilot has a complete or predominantly to blame for an incident, you will not be any sanction“.

This change, therefore, left in the hands of the commissioners the consideration of the percentage of fault that a pilot has to have a contact with another, in an attempt to reduce the sanctions in the contacts light and encouraging risky maneuvers, such as last year cost him more of an annoyance sports Max Verstappen or Nico Rosberg.

More pitch for the national anthems

The other significant change adopted is that the time that the pit lane will remain open prior to the race will be only 10 minutes, in place of the 15 current. Will be closed 20 minutes from the start of the race to allow pilots to attend the national anthem of the organizing country, which sounds six minutes later, without haste, and for television stations working in grill can do your job better.

have Also been ratified by the vast majority of developments approved in October: among them, it has been confirmed that, if conditions prevent an output at a standstill at the time of the start of the race, the Safety Car will lead to the grill during the turns that are necessary until we can make a output stopped, but these laps count for the total (turns of training). This, in principle, shall not apply to the resalidas for a period of Safety Car occurred during the course: these will continue to be launched and in-line one.

The regulations, even so, provides a confusing exception: in the case that the Safety Car should lead the returns of training and the conditions of the track prevent the departure, after several twists and turns, will be suspended, the exit procedure and all the drivers must enter the pit lane, as if a red flag is treated. The regulation specifies that when cars back out on track after the Safety Car, “there will be no output at standstill in this case,”, something that contradicts the disappearance of the outputs after Safety Car of the regulation itself, since the turns would count as laps of training.