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FIA clarify 2012 sporting regulations, causing more confusion // The sporting regulations are cleared up, with varying degrees of success

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At the beginning of December, the FIA released the sporting and technical regulations for the 2012 season, with certain rules tweaked - particularly the practice for when a safety car comes out, plus how a driver is allowed to drive defensively. Today, updated regulations have been published with some clarifications in place.

Previously, the defensive driving rule was updated with the press release stating: “Drivers may no longer move back onto the racing line having moved off it to defend a position.” Now, it’s stated that they can come back towards the racing line, but must leave a car’s width between him and the corner.

Also clarified, the Safety Car regulations, in which lapped cars are allowed to unlap themselves before the safety car pulls in. However: “This will only apply to cars that were lapped at the time they crossed the Line at the end of the lap during which they crossed the first Safety Car line for the second time after the safety car was deployed.”

I hope that clears up any confusion.