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Ricciardo wants VSC clarification after US GP confusion

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Ricciardo wants VSC clarification after US GP confusion

Ricciardo wants VSC clarification after US GP confusion

Red Bull ace, Daniel Ricciardo says that, he clarification from F1 race officials about the virtual safety car procedure following being jumped by Nico Rosberg in Austin.

The new virtual safety car (VSC) regulations states that, every car is required to stay within a minimum time set by the FIA in each sector of the track and, theoretically at least, keep the same time gap among each car on track.

During the first VSC period the Australian was running on third, but the Red Bull speedy was not cautioned that it was return to green, and he is unsure to whether or not Rosberg was in the right or not to make the overtake.

“VSC, you should keep the gap, and Rosberg wasn’t right up our arse, he was a few seconds behind,” said Ricciardo.

“So then when I saw him already close on us under virtual safety car, I was thinking, ‘surely he’ll back off again’.

“Then he passed me, and then it was green flag apparently. I don’t know what happened there. I was following suit, basically.

“I think we’re going to talk about the virtual safety car in general because it wasn’t clear when it was green. You drive around, you follow this time, and then you actually have to look for the boards.

“It was a bit confusing, I don’t know why. On Sunday it was more confusing than it has been in previous races. Normally we get a message, I thought, saying ‘VSC ending’ and a 10-second warning. But there was no warning at all.

“I don’t know if Rosberg just caught all of us out, but I was more confused how he was so close to us.”

F1 2015 VIRTUAL SAFETY CAR (VSC) – Regulations

41.1 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.

41.2 When the order is given to initiate the VSC procedure a message “VSC DEPLOYED” will be displayed on the official messaging system and all FIA light panels will display “VSC”.

41.3 No car may be driven unnecessarily slowly, erratically or in a manner which could be deemed potentially dangerous to other drivers or any other person at any time whilst the VSC procedure is in use. This will apply whether any such car is being driven on the track, the pit entry or the pit lane.

41.4 No car may enter the pits whilst the VSC procedure is in use unless it is for the purpose of changing tyres.

41.5 All competing cars must reduce speed and stay above the minimum time set by the FIA ECU at least once in each marshalling sector (a marshalling sector is defined as the section of track between each of the FIA light panels). All cars must also be above this minimum time when the FIA light panels change to green (see 41.7 below).

The stewards may impose either of the penalties under Article 16.3a), b), c) or d) on any driver who fails to stay above the minimum time as required by the above.

41.6 With the exception of the cases listed under a) to d) below, no driver may overtake another car on the track whilst the VSC procedure is in use.

The exceptions are:

a) When entering the pits a driver may pass another car remaining on the track after he has reached the first safety car line.

b) When leaving the pits a driver may overtake, or be overtaken by, another car on the track before he reaches the second safety car line.

c) Whilst in the pit entry, pit lane or pit exit a driver may overtake another car which is also in one of these three areas.

d) If any car slows with an obvious problem.

41.7 When the clerk of the course decides it is safe to end the VSC procedure the message “VSC
ENDING” will be displayed on the official messaging system and, at any time between 10 and
15 seconds later, “VSC” on the FIA light panels will change to green and drivers may continue racing immediately. After 30 seconds the green lights will be extinguished.

41.8 Each lap completed whist the VSC procedure is in use will be counted as a race lap.

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