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Virtual safety car system approved for 2015 - FIA to revise safety car regulations

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Virtual safety car system approved for 2015
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The new virtual safety car concept that was tested a couple of times towards the end of the 2014 season has been given the go ahead for next year. The system was trialled in the wake of Jules Bianchi’s Japanese accident, with the FIA keen to impose a speed limit around the track and ensure drivers stick to it. The system will give the lap time drivers need to stick to, with information on the dash of the car.

At the time drivers were mostly positive and believed it to be a good idea, with just a handful of concerns that it needed tweaking for better visibility. The FIA have said: “Most of the drivers preferred the virtual safety car approach, because otherwise they were concerned about braking from high speed to the slow speed.”

A meeting was held in Abu Dhabi between the FIA and the teams, and pending a sign off of the specific regulations, it will be included for 2015.