The FIA has confirmed the regulations surrounding the new Virtual Safety Car in 2015 in the latest sporting regulations.

It was announced in December that the Virtual Safety Car (VSC) would be used in 2015 after positive tests in Austin, Brazil and Abu Dhabi at the end of last season. The VSC idea was conceived following Jules Bianchi's accident at the Japanese Grand Prix, with the Marussia driver hitting a recovery crane having lost control of his car in a double waved yellow flag area.

Explaining when the VSC will be deployed, the FIA's sporting regulations reiterated the initial announcement last month that "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."

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However, further details have been confirmed, with the VSC requiring drivers to reduce speed and stay above the minimum time set by the FIA ECU at least once in each marshalling sector, with racing allowed when the FIA light panels return to green "at any time between 10 and 15 seconds" after a warning that the VSC period is set to end.

The regulations also state that "No car may enter the pits whilst the VSC procedure is in use unless it is for the purpose of changing tyres."