The FIA has proposed a coloured rain light system which would reflect on-track flag conditions.
This proposal is part of an array of safety recommendations put forward following investigations into serious and fatal racing accidents.
One suggestion is to introduce a variety of colours used by the cars’ rear rain lights. A mandatory inclusion for all circuit racing cars, the new light system aims to improve visibility of circuit status and flags shown by race control.
For instance, the rain light will turn yellow under yellow flag conditions. The FIA has also proposed that the light could be used to show the driver in front slowing down as they enter the yellow flag zone.
In a statement issued by the FIA, it is acknowledged that more testing is required before this proposal can be put into practice.
“It is suggested, although further testing and research is required, that this adaptation of the rain light usage could reduce driver notification time, improve the reliability of driver notification and better allow drivers to make an appropriate and proportionate reaction in the case of yellow flag deployment.”
The governing body is also pursuing further research into increased tethering to ensure “large debris is contained or retain with the crashing vehicle.”
Front and side impact structures are also being investigated, with the aim being to improve the amount of energy these structures can absorb.
This is almost certainly a response to the tragic death of Anthoine Hubert in a Formula 2 race at Spa-Francorchamps last year.
Tyre pressure monitoring systems have also been recommended to inform drivers of a sudden loss in pressure in the tyres.
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