FIA trialling new blue flag system at Interlagos
The FIA is trialling a new blue flag system during the Formula 1 Brazilian Grand Prix weekend to add clarity to the rule on lapping traffic.
Backmarkers are given a blue flag warning - via a flag, blue light panel, blue cockpit light and message on the timing monitors - when the leaders move within 1.2 seconds behind them.
To further streamline the system, the FIA will now show the number of the car that the blue flag applies to, alongside the digital blue light, as well as via the team’s GPS systems.
F1’s governing body hopes this will avoid confusion as to which driver the blue flag is aimed at and therefore make the process more efficient.
It will assess the impact of this change over the remainder of the weekend before deciding whether to implement it permanently.
The move is the latest tweak to the procedure following complaints from drivers earlier this year regarding the difficulties of lapping traffic.
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