F1 race director Michael Masi stated that the double yellow flag lap cancellation system will remain in place at the Mexican Grand Prix.
Fernando Alonso marked a time in the classification of the Turkish Grand Prix under the double yellow flag regime and that produced a lot of controversy for, supposedly, not cutting.
The Asturian escaped being sanctioned, but the FIA took action after the controversy. After talking with the teams, the highest body in the motor world decided to implement a system that canceled all times in free practice sessions and in qualifying automatically if a driver ran into a sector with a double yellow flag.
Its application was released during the United States Grand Prix and the intention is that there is no doubt about whether a driver slowed down in a dangerous situation.
In the race director’s notes given to teams each weekend, it is emphasized that “any driver passing through an area where a double yellow flag is flying must slow down significantly and be prepared to change direction or stop “.
“For the stewards to see that said driver has met the requirements, it must be clear that he has not tried to set a lap time . For practical purposes, a sector with a double yellow flag will invalidate that lap.”
Pilots welcomed this new system in Austin. However, it only affected one driver during the entire event.
” It worked the first time . We only had to do it once, and it was Kimi Raikkonen during practice 3,” said Michael Masi.
“We will continue with this system in Mexico. It seems that the pilots support it, it is a clear way of looking at it and we do not have to debate what is and what is not significant,” he added.
Despite only Raikkonen’s time being eliminated in the United States, Lance Stroll aborted the qualifying lap when Antonio Giovinazzi’s Alfa Romeo caused a double caution in Q1.
The Aston Martin driver was unable to advance to the next round, but found that the danger disappeared just before he passed through that area. Therefore, he could have completed the lap without any problem.