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2013-04-21 18:55

FULL INSTRUMENTATION: Well, there was in this HRT car in 2012, but 2013 F1 drivers have had no "flag warning" system for four consecutive GP races. Image: AFP

MANAMA, Bahrain - Formula 1 drivers started the 2013 Bahrain Grand Prix without cockpit warning lights for the fourth race in a row because of continuing problems with the system.

The governing FIA said it had disabled the telemetry link between race control and cars. It usually acts as an electronic marshalling system in addition to flag-waving officials.

The FIA system is provided by Riedel Communications.


The statement said there would be no red, yellow or blue cockpit lights and there were also implications for when the pace car had to be deployed. The FIA added:

"As before, we will do our best to give as much information from race control as we can. However, it will be even more important that teams do what they can to ensure their drivers respect blue flags.”

A number of drivers were called to the stewards for yellow flag violations after the preceding race in China but no action was taken against them.


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