After the heavily debated topic of Nico Rosberg’s pole position lap last weekend in Hungary, the FIA will replace double-waved yellow flags with red flags in qualifying.
Rosberg set his best time in qualifying after Fernando Alonso spun his McLaren on track which brought out double-waved yellow flags, which informs a driver that there is danger on the circuit and for the driver to slow down considerably.
The German lifted off throttle going through the sector that Alonso had spun which cost him a tenth of a second, this satisfied the FIA and a penalty was not given to Rosberg.
However, after many drivers in the paddock gave their opinions on Rosberg’s lap, the FIA decided to replace double-waved yellow flags with red flags to prevent such an instance occurring again. This will force drivers to abandon their lap or face a serious penalty from the Stewards.
“It removes the discussion about how much you’re slowing down, the stewards accepted Nico’s explanation, and looked at the data and felt that he had slowed down. But then the question is: ‘Did he slow down enough? What is enough?’. If you can’t set a time, then that’s that. It removes all that subjective discussion,” Race Director Charlie Whiting said.
“The reason we didn’t show a red flag in Hungary was simply that session had ended but some cars were behind Alonso’s car and some in front, so I think the procedure would be to red flag it any time there is a double waved yellow flag. Then there will be no discussion.”
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