F1 will include a Virtual Safety Car [VSC] system from 2015 onwards in order to control speeds in double waved yellow flag zones.

Following Jules Bianchi's accident in the Japanese Grand Prix - when Bianchi hit a mobile crane which was recovering Adrian Sutil's Sauber - the FIA tested a way of controlling speeds in similar situations in order to take responsibility for slowing down away from the driver.

Tests at the final races included a speed limit within double waved yellow flag sectors, but the FIA has decided on a more widespread implementation. From 2015 onwards, drivers will have to slow to the safety car delta time on their steering wheels when the Virtual Safety Car is deployed.

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"Following tests of the VSC system at the final Events of 2014, the introduction of the system has been approved for 2015," the FIA said after a meeting of the World Motor Sport Council [WMSC]. "The VSC procedure may be initiated to neutralise a race upon the order of the clerk of the course. It will normally be used when double waved yellow flags are needed on any section of track and competitors or officials may be in danger, but the circumstances are not such as to warrant use of the safety car itself."

At the same WMSC meeting, a report from the FIA Accident Panel set up to investigate Bianchi's accident said he "did not slow sufficiently" in the double waved yellow flag zone at Suzuka.


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Got no prob there, got a problem with people with knowledge bitching about those who try to understand something they don't.
You fit the category.
Knowledge is nothing if you don't have the will to share it.
Really, i was asking a question hoping YOU precisely might give me an understandable answer, since you look very knowledgeable. You decided to bitch instead, show what kind of man you are.

Wow, so in your mind every F1 fan should be a fully aware engineer?
I was simply trying to understand why such a system cannot be used.
But hey! Learning and being interested is such a bad thing.
Sorry for not being a know-it-all...


OK, considering your last explanation, could the driver then be asked to activate the limiter under what would be called VSC condition? It would be his responsibility to do it and not the pit?
I don't really know, just throwing ideas there. Maybe opening the possibility to use it that way could be abuse the way you said and act as traction control nevertheless. But i guess that would be easy to prove with telemetry?

107SS2009 is right, no mention of a system that will force them to do such or such speed under VSC condition, so everything will still depend on how much you are willing to get as close to the limit as you can.
I don't know if there is a technical no-go at using a something like the pit-lane limiter as i'm just a fan, not an engineer, but i would have liked them to implement something akin to that for the VSC condition.
Would that pose a problem i don't see, like PU overheating or something?