Formula 1’s governing body, the FIA, is possibly on the verge of reconsidering the rules around overtaking behind the Safety Car, in the wake of the controversial FIA Monaco Grand Prix incident that saw Michael Schumacher slapped with a 20-second time penalty after the race for passing Fernando Alonso on the final lap of the race.

Mercedes GP initially declared its intention to appeal the decision – which is later retracted – and the FIA has responded in turn by admitting that a “lack of clarity in the application of the rule prohibiting overtaking behind the safety car” led to the confusion created.

It admitted that “adjustments to the regulations are necessary” in a written statement, in addition to vowing that that “the [green flag and green flashing lights] signalling for teams and drivers is made more clear.”

Hopefully some commonsense can be achieved here!

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.
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