FIA admits “lack of clarity” and vows to change rules after Monaco controversy

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

The FIA will revise the rules that caught out Michael Schumacher
The FIA will revise the rules that caught out Michael Schumacher

The FIA has said it will make changes to the F1 rules following the controversy over Michael Schumacher’s penalty in the Monaco Grand Prix.

The governing body issued a statement saying:

The problems identified during the final lap of the Monaco Grand Prix, counting for the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship, showed a lack of clarity in the application of the rule prohibiting overtaking behind the Safety Car.

Adjustments to the regulations are necessary to clarify the procedure that cars must meet when the last lap is controlled by the Safety Car whilst also ensuring that the signaling for teams and drivers is made more clear.

These adjustments will help to avoid the problem which occurred during the Monaco Grand Prix from happening in the future.

The Formula One Commission, upon a proposal of the F1 Sporting Working Group will submit an amendment to the Sporting Regulations to address this issue. These amendments will be considered by the World Motor Sport Council at its next meeting in Geneva on June 23.
FIA statement

Over 1,100 comments on the incident have been received so far on F1 Fanatic, and 79% of readers said Schumacher should either receive a less severe penalty or no punishment at all.

Read more: The FIA?s badly-written rules leave Formula 1 looking stupid once again

95 comments on “FIA admits “lack of clarity” and vows to change rules after Monaco controversy”

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  1. Personally, I applaud the FIA for admitting their mistake. It should have never happened, but the FIA under Mosley would NEVER have made such an admission, and I see this as a sign (albeit a small one) of progress.

  2. I find it very nice to see this kind of factual reflection from the FIA, especially as it seems to be focus on the right factor, which is that “the application of the rule” (i.e. 40.13) lacked “clarity”. They seem to have understood that the fact that green flags were waved and the “SC” boards were pulled in could have caused a misunderstanding. They also appear to have come to the conclusion that they should probably come up with an addition to 40.13 that spells out precisely how the procedure is supposed to be when the race ends under safety car conditions.

  3. I think that it is positive that the FIA are listening to the concerns, and taking steps to address the situation. I mean, this would never have happened under S&Max. It’s just unfortunate that Schuey’s penalty is the horse that bolted, and the barn door is now being firmly bolted behind him.

    Personally, since it appears that Ross Brawn is the one to spot all of these loopholes and ambiguities, why don’t they get Brawn to draft all the rules and regulations? They’d be water tight then, methinks.

  4. First of all it is only my opinion. I think this whole discussion has no sense at all. If you would read the information from FIA and knew something about the rules that would lead you to only one conclusion. Maybe the rule was unclear but the statement “you are not allowed to pass anyone” is true.
    AFAI remember that was the first time we ended the race in such conditions right? Usually when we had some laps after the SC had been sent back to the pits, still they could only pass after the start/finish line (and also green flags are shown before they reach this line). Why it should be different in this case? And sumedh I think your propositions are not good enough – there should be one point on the track after which you can try to pass oposition – otherwise the signal is the key just like in case of green lights on start… And that key could be not clearly visible for all. And for ex. how on earth you will manage to controll the “falstart” on the whole circuit with more than 20 cars in motion?

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