F1 to trial virtual safety car at US Grand Prix

Formula one would reportedly trial a virtual safety car at the U.S. Grand Prix this weekend, in light of eliminating the possibility of a repeat of the accident that left Marussia driver Jules Bianchi in a critical condition.

F1 to trial virtual safety car at US Grand Prix

London: Formula one would reportedly trial a virtual safety car at the U.S. Grand Prix this weekend, in light of eliminating the possibility of a repeat of the accident that left Marussia driver Jules Bianchi in a critical condition.

The system, which forces drivers to slow in an accident zone, is reportedly being put up to avoid another crash like Bianchi's, as the Frenchman remains in hospital with severe head injuries suffered when he hit a recovery vehicle in a crash at the Japanese Grand Prix this month.

Teams would try the technology after both practice sessions on Friday. In event of a crash, drivers would have to keep to a speed about 35 percent slower than a normal dry lap time, The BBC reported.

Drivers would be aided by a dashboard display and, if they exceed the specified speed limit when the virtual safety car system is in place, they would face penalties.

After testing the system, governing body the FIA would decide in tandem with the teams when it can be formally introduced. Before the system is in full usage, race director Charlie Whiting would exercise extreme caution in the event of any incident, the report added.

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