Bianchi crash: F1 may try yellow flag speed limit system at Austin

Formula 1 could test a new yellow flag speed limit system at the United States Grand Prix, as the FIA proceeds with safety improvements following Jules Bianchi's Japanese GP crash

Bianchi crash: F1 may try yellow flag speed limit system at Austin

The governing body believes a method of controlling drivers' pace when caution flags are out is an essential avenue to pursue.

First tests of the new system to limit speeds in caution zones could take place as early as the next F1 race at Austin, even though full implementation of the idea may have to wait until 2015.

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McLaren racing director Eric Boullier said: "There are some chats and discussions to go and try some systems to make sure there is some speed limitation, and there may be testing or consideration to try something for Austin."

Bianchi crashed into a recovery vehicle after losing control of his Marussia on the wet Suzuka track while double waved yellow flags were displayed for Adrian Sutil's accident a lap earlier.

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The current proposal is for a system where, when yellow flags are being displayed, drivers must slow down to a specific delta time through that area of the circuit. The FIA's plan has teams' full backing.

Getting the system working properly will take time, as the FIA and teams will need to work out a trouble-free way of communicating the delta time to drivers so they have enough time to react.

Speaking on Friday night at Sochi, Whiting said that the idea is to get changes ready for the start of 2015.

"What we really want drivers to do is slow down to a given and well known speed in the relevant place," he said.

"It is a very straightforward, easy thing to do in a small area. You have to think carefully about what a car is doing at the time you send this message to it.

"So you need to give drivers warning of what is going to come, and then time to make the necessary adjustments."

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