Posted by Matthew Mac Partlin on Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The 2012 season of Formula One is about to get started, with all of the teams converging on Melbourne this weekend for the opening event at Albert Park. Every year there are a slew of changes, as drivers renew or change contracts (or are terminated altogether), teams get new names and new liveries nad the FIA adjusts technical and sporting regulations.

You could go to the FIA website and trawl through all of the regulations, or you could Google them and find Wikipedia's easily digestible summary of the major changes.

Of particular interest to motor sport rescue crews there are two sporting regulation changes of note:

  • Double yellow flags are to be waved when an official is working on or beside the live circuit (Presumably this also means double yellow flashing lights on circuits that have installed them)
  • Lapped drivers will be allowed to unlap themselves under the safety car (So, don't rely too on the double yellows in the note above as these drivers will no doubt be keen to get back around to the tail of the queue as fast as possible).

There is also an interview with Charlie Whiting, the FIA's Race Director, which provides some further clarification on some of these regulation adjustments, including the new nose shape on the cars.

Keep your eyes open out there!