FIA director clarifies controversial defensive driving rules

Charlie Whiting (GBR) FIA Delegate. Formula One World Championship, Rd1, Australian Grand Prix, Preparations, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday 14 March 2012.Jul.16 (GMM) Formula 1 drivers may use the entire width of the circuit to defend their position during a grand prix according to the clarification of related regulations.

FIA race director Charlie Whiting made the clarification in a note to teams, the French news agency AFP has reported.

The ruling follows several controversial incidents in 2012, including Nico Rosberg’s defensive moves against Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso in Bahrain.

Whiting says moves like that, where the “full width” of the track is used, are acceptable so long as a “significant portion” of the chasing car is not alongside.

“For the avoidance of doubt,” he wrote, “if any part of the front wing of the car attempting to pass is alongside the rear wheel of the car in front this will be deemed to be a significant portion.”

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  • McLaren Fan

    In other words what Nico Rosberg did was NAUGHTY and he should have had a smack.
    Also Pastor should have this tattooed on him

  • seb

    significant portion? front wing to rear end of wheel? that’s why a lot of DNF’s happen because that is enough for a moron driver like senna, maldonado, grosjean to ruin another driver’s race! stupid rules.