In the age of digital, Formula One has incorporated electronic boards along with marshal flags.
These are used to signal anything from danger with the yellow flags
and lights to a halted sessions with the reds to the end of a grand prix
with the chequered.
It, however, hasn’t always been smooth sailing, for the flag or the electronic board.
In 2018 the flag was waved a lap too early by Winnie Harlow leading
to F1 bosses declaring that it is the electronic board that will
determine the end of a grand prix.
But this season it was the board that got it wrong, a system error leading to the electronic flag being shown one lap too early.
As such the World Motor Sport Council has voted to bring back the
chequered flag, and that will be the “definitive” end of a grand prix.
The WMSC also cleared the wording relating to the sampling and
testing of fuel at grands prix to incorporate reference declarations as
well as wording to prevent teams from covering their cars during winter
The FIA want to make those events more appealing to the fans by
forcing to the teams to allow those watching on to see what is going on
inside the garages.
The Council also confirmed the appointment of BBS as the single
supplier of wheel rims starting in 2021, following pre-selection earlier
in the year.
The statement read: “A consultation phase with the teams and BBS was
conducted under the arbitration of the FIA Technical Department, with
some resultant minor changes to the initial specification being approved
“Following the pre-selection of Magneti Marelli for the fuel primer
pump, and of Bosch for the high pressure fuel pump and piping by the
Council on July 30, 2019, a phase of consultation with the teams, Power
Unit manufacturers and the two prospective suppliers was conducted under
the arbitration of the FIA Technical Department.
“Today, the Council proceeded to final appointment of the two suppliers.”