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.
“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