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Q&A: Charlie Whiting, F1 race director - Pt. 1

With the safety car on track, lapped cars will be allowed to unlap themselves and rejoin at the back of the field. Why is F1 going back to this system?

Charlie Whiting:
We took this rule away because it was difficult to manage and potentially dangerous. We have reinstated it with new safeguards. Drivers will only be allowed to overtake once they have all passed the pit entry twice, this will allow all drivers to pit if they want to. We will also instruct the lead drivers to stay on the racing line once the order is given to allow cars to overtake. They will be allowed to weave again, to get heat into their tyres, when we inform them it is safe to do so.


To read part 2, where Charlie Whiting discusses the major changes to the 2012 Technical Regulations CLICK HERE


Interview conducted by the FIA





Related Pictures

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24.03.2011- Charlie Whiting (GBR), Race director and safety delegate
11.09.2011- Race, Charlie Whiting (GBR), Race director and safety delegate  and Franz Tost, Scuderia Toro Rosso, Team Principal
26.03.2011- Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB7 and Charlie Whiting (GBR), Race director and safety delegate
10.07.2011- Race, Charlie Whiting (GBR), Race director and safety delegate  and Bernie Ecclestone (GBR), President and CEO of Formula One Management
24.09.2011- Qualifying, Charlie Whiting (GBR), Race director and safety delegate

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