LONDON (Reuters) – Formulation One’s governing physique has dominated for custom over know-how with regards to deciding the official finish of a grand prix.
The FIA stated in an announcement after a World Motor Sport Council assembly in Paris that the waved chequered flag could be reinstated subsequent season because the “definitive end-of-race sign”.
Below new guidelines launched this yr, a digital chequered flag mounted on the beginning lights gantry took priority over the bodily flag, which was nonetheless waved as earlier than when automobiles crossed the end line.
The digital show was blamed final October for the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka being ended formally a lap early.
Drivers continued at racing speeds for one more lap however, regardless of the precise chequered flag being waved on the finish of the 53rd, the positions after the 52nd lap stood as the ultimate end result.
That meant Mexican Sergio Perez formally completed ninth and within the factors regardless of crashing out.
The game has seen a number of chequered flag mix-ups within the palms of celebrities.
A miscommunication led to style mannequin Winnie Harlow unintentionally waving the flag early eventually yr’s Canadian Grand Prix, an error that led to the digital flag being given priority.
In Brazil in 2006, soccer nice Pele waved too late and missed house race winner Felipe Massa’s Ferrari because it crossed the road.
(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, enhancing by Toby Davis)