Due to a telemetry failure at race control, drivers will be unable to receive information from the FIA for the opening round of the 2013 Formula One season.
Under flagged conditions, the drivers usually receive information via a light system in their cockpit, informing them to slow down under yellow flags, let a faster car pass under blue flags, or even stop completely if a red flag comes out. However, they will be without this information for the sessions in Melbourne this weekend.
The FIA issued a statement saying “due to reliability problems with the telemetry link between race control and the cars we will be disabling this with immediate effect. We will do our best to give as much information from race control as we can.”
The biggest problem is that the DRS system will be compromised. Following the activation of the system after two laps, race control will be unable to de-activate as normal under wet or safety car conditions. However, drivers will still be forbidden from using DRS in this situation.
Should the safety car make an appearance in the race, the FIA will be unable to set the cars to ‘safety car mode’ as usual, forcing drivers to make the switch manually.
Although problems like this do occur from time-to-time, teams will be forced to take extra care to avoid breaking the rules and subsequently receiving a penalty. The FIA will be doing all they can to rectify the situation in time for the race tomorrow.
Max Verstappen has picked his illegal pass on Kimi Raikkonen on the final lap of the United States Grand Prix as his favorite overtake of the Formula 1 season.
Verstappen was one of F1’s most prolific passers through 2017, making 22 overtaking moves as per Pirelli’s end of year data.
When asked to pick out his favorite in a post-season interview on his official website, Verstappen picked his bold move on Raikkonen at the Circuit of The Americas that sparked controversy when he was penalized for completing the overtake off-track.
The Red Bull driver had charged from 16th on the grid to cross the line third, only for a five-second time penalty to deny him a podium and drop him to fourth in a snap call made before the post-race ceremony.
“Of course, at first your initial reaction is something like: ‘Why? It was a great move.’ But when you look at the rules, it was not correct,” Verstappen said.
“Nothing was by the book that whole weekend. Drivers were getting off track without being penalized for it. But you always need to focus on the positives: it was still a nice race and everyone enjoyed the excitement all the way down to the final lap.
“It’s always nice to be on the podium, but to finish fourth after having started sixteenth, is still a great result.
“It wasn’t as painful as most people thought it was. In the end I made my peace with it.”
Asked if it was his best move of the year, Verstappen said: “Yes, because this year I actually didn’t have that many overtakes.
“With this car you are actually only able to overtake on the straights, which is really not that satisfying compared to last year.”