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#1 SilentKiller

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 11:43

Just went through the Sporting Regulations and found this

38.11
If, after returning to the starting grid at the end of the formation lap a problem arises, the
following procedures shall apply :
a) If a car develops a problem that could endanger the start the driver must immediately
raise his hands above his head and the marshal responsible for that row must
immediately wave a yellow flag. If the race director decides the start should be delayed
the green lights will be illuminated two seconds after the abort lights are switched on, a
board saying “EXTRA FORMATION LAP” will be displayed and all cars able to do so must
complete a further formation lap whilst the car which developed the problem is moved
into the pit lane.
When leaving the grid to complete the extra formation lap all drivers must respect the
pit lane speed limit until they pass pole position.
The team may then attempt to rectify the problem and, if successful, the car may then
start from the end of the pit lane. Should there be more than one car involved their
starting order will be determined by the order in which they reached the end of the pit
lane.
Every time this happens the race will be shortened by one lap.


Why wasn't the race shortened by a lap yesterday then?

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#2 ExFlagMan

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 11:44

Just went through the Sporting Regulations and found this



Why wasn't the race shortened by a lap yesterday then?

It was!

#3 Jejking

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 11:45

I think it was indeed.

#4 joshb

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 11:45

I wish it wasn't!

#5 Zava

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 11:45

the race had 69 laps, last year was 70, and there was no change to the layout to justify it. :)

#6 korzeniow

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 11:46

It was!


Indeed. It lasted for 69 laps instead of 70

#7 bonjon1979a

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 11:47

Just went through the Sporting Regulations and found this



Why wasn't the race shortened by a lap yesterday then?


I thought it was, didn't the lap counter start at 2/79 after the second formation lap?

#8 SilentKiller

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 11:49

WOW! Didn't realise the change during the race.
I thought the top of the footage would have shown 2/70 instead of 1/69 during the actual start. Confusing.

#9 SilentKiller

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 11:50

I thought it was, didn't the lap counter start at 2/79 after the second formation lap?


I remember it was 1/69.

#10 amppatel

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 12:06

WOW! Didn't realise the change during the race.
I thought the top of the footage would have shown 2/70 instead of 1/69 during the actual start. Confusing.


That would screw up the start of DRS which happens on lap 3. The x in x/69 are racing laps, not warm up laps.

#11 TheNewStig

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 13:56

The race was shortened by one lap,from 70 down to 69 after they startet the second formationlap.

#12 engel

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 14:21

WOW! Didn't realise the change during the race.
I thought the top of the footage would have shown 2/70 instead of 1/69 during the actual start. Confusing.


That wouldn't be shortening the race by a lap, that would be counting the second formation lap as a racing lap ;)

#13 Jon83

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Posted 30 July 2012 - 14:36

Well technically the cars went round the track the same number of times but only racing for 69.