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Formula 1: Safety Car rules amended to avoid Abu Dhabi repeat

The FIA has spelled out in a revised version of the 2022 sporting rules that ‘all’, quite than the extra ambiguous ‘any’, lapped vehicles should un-lap themselves earlier than a re-start; Watch the season-opening Bahrain GP dwell solely on Sky Sports activities F1 this weekend

Final Up to date: 16/03/22 10:53am

Formula 1: Safety Car rules amended to avoid Abu Dhabi repeat

The amended guidelines concerning the Security Automobile will probably be in place for this weekend’s season-opening Grand Prix in Bahrain

Method 1’s governing physique, the FIA, has amended the Security Automobile guidelines to attempt to keep away from a repeat of the controversial title finale in Abu Dhabi final yr.

The FIA spelled out in a revised version of the 2022 sporting rules on Tuesday, saying that ‘all’, quite than the extra ambiguous ‘any’, lapped vehicles should un-lap themselves earlier than a restart.

The change comes forward of the beginning of the brand new season, which begins with the Bahrain GP, dwell on Sky Sports activities F1 this weekend.

Watch Max Verstappen passing Lewis Hamilton on the final lap in Abu Dhabi to win the 2021 F1 Championship

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Watch Max Verstappen passing Lewis Hamilton on the ultimate lap in Abu Dhabi to win the 2021 F1 Championship

Watch Max Verstappen passing Lewis Hamilton on the ultimate lap in Abu Dhabi to win the 2021 F1 Championship

Following a evaluate into final yr’s Abu Dhabi GP, Michael Masi was changed as F1 race director.

Masi had been beneath intense stress as a consequence of his dealing with of the finale, particularly for the Security Automobile selections that opened the door for Max Verstappen to go Lewis Hamilton for a race and title win.

Within the last phases on December 12, Masi – who has been F1 race director since 2019 – ordered solely the lapped vehicles between Hamilton and second-placed Verstappen by way of beneath the Security Automobile, offering the Dutchman, on recent tyres, a shot at passing Hamilton – who was on outdated rubber – on the very last lap.

Whereas Masi’s actions had been justified by the FIA stewards following a Mercedes crew enchantment, F1’s governing physique lodged a full evaluate into the method and admitted F1’s picture was being tarnished.

The season starts this weekend with the Bahrain Grand Prix, which will be live on Sky Sports F1

The season begins this weekend with the Bahrain Grand Prix, which will probably be dwell on Sky Sports activities F1

Following the evaluate, it was introduced Masi would get replaced as race director for the 2022 season amongst various structural modifications forward of the 2022 season.

Niels Wittich, former DTM race director, and Eduardo Freitas, WEC race director, will now act alternatively as F1’s race director.

Wittich and Freitas will probably be assisted by Herbie Blash because the everlasting senior advisor, with Blash returning to F1 5 seasons after stepping down as deputy race director to the late Charlie Whiting.

A Digital Race Management Room has additionally been created, likened to soccer’s VAR, whereas direct radio communications between groups and the race director have been be eliminated.

Observe the Bahrain GP dwell on Sky Sports activities F1

Sky Sports activities F1 is your house for each race this season, and all of it begins with the Bahrain GP this weekend.

We can have build-up proper by way of the week earlier than overlaying all of the motion dwell from the Bahrain Worldwide Circuit, from Friday’s first follow session by way of to Sunday’s season-opening Grand Prix.

Sky Sports activities F1 specialists Martin Brundle, David Croft, Damon Hill, Ted Kravitz, Simon Lazenby, Natalie Pinkham and Naomi Schiff will all be out in Bahrain bringing you unrivalled evaluation and punditry.

In a 2022 twist, the drivers’ press convention will happen on Friday morning earlier than each follow periods and our dwell F1 Present, recapping the motion.

Saturday’s qualifying and Sunday’s race – each dwell at 3pm – will probably be adopted by Ted’s Pocket book, whereas there’s additionally the added enhance of the Method 2 and Method 3 championships kicking off in Bahrain.

As all the time, you may also comply with the motion on-line and on the Sky Sports activities app.

A brand new period begins right here. F1, in the end, is again.

The Method 1 season begins on Friday on Sky Sports activities F1 with the Bahrain GP. Sunday’s race begins at 3pm. Discover out extra & subscribe.

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