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F1 United States Grand Prix: Ricciardo asks for clarity on virtual safety car rules

Daniel Ricciardo says he will be seeking clarity from F1 race officials regarding the virtual safety car procedure after being jumped by Nico Rosberg in Austin.
Daniel Ricciardo says he will be seeking clarity from F1 race officials regarding the virtual safety car procedure after losing out to Nico Rosberg during a restart in Austin.

In the initial virtual safety car period at the Circuit of the Americas Ricciardo had built up a handy advantage over Rosberg in third place having passed the pole sitter in the opening laps.

Under the new virtual safety car regulations introduced 12 months ago every car is required to stay within a minimum time set by the FIA in each sector of the track and, theoretically at least, maintain the same time gap between each car on track.

However, during the first virtual safety car period the pack bunched up behind race leader Lewis Hamilton and upon the return to green Rosberg was close enough to blast back past the Red Bull driver.

Ricciardo says he was bemused by the incident and will seek guidance from the Formula 1 race officials to understand what the problem was.

“I came on the radio and asked how did Nico pass me because theoretically you should keep the same gap you had under the virtual safety car,” Ricciardo said. “Then all of a sudden Rosberg caught us and I don't know how under the safety car.

“I don't think it was clear today when the virtual safety car period was over so I think we can definitely make it better because it either caught me out or Nico jumped. It was a bit strange.”



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mrfill

October 28, 2015 2:12 PM

The rules are... - If the VSC is called, teams will be notified via the official messaging system, while drivers will be notified by all FIA light panels displaying “VSC”. - Under the VSC, drivers must reduce their speed and stay above a minimum time set by the FIA at least once in each marshalling sector. Stewards can impose penalties for any transgressions. - Drivers must not drive unnecessarily slowly, erratically or in a manner that could be deemed potentially dangerous to other competitors. - Drivers may not pit, unless it is to change tyres. They are also not permitted to overtake, except if another driver in front enters the pit lane or slows with an obvious problem. - When it is deemed safe to end the VSC procedure, teams will be notified via the official messaging system. At any time between 10 and 15 seconds later, the FIA light panels will change to green and drivers are free to resume racing.



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