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  • I wonder how long it will be before the powers that be stop relying on flag waving humans and electronically signal the driver inside the car of track status. I know from having been on track that you're often so intent on the matters at hand that it's easy to miss a flag. An electronic signal of some form would remove all doubt and shouldn't be hard to do.

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    • I wonder how long it will be before the powers that be stop relying on flag waving humans and electronically signal the driver inside the car of track status. I know from having been on track that you're often so intent on the matters at hand that it's easy to miss a flag. An electronic signal of some form would remove all doubt and shouldn't be hard to do.

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      One small problem with your idea. The flag marshals have a better knowledge of local track conditions than those in race control. Also how will you use lights to signify a slippery surface (red and yellow stripped flag)? There is no excuse to miss a flag signal. It is the drivers responsability to see any flags that are being displayed. That is why on the first lap of every practice/qualifying session and the green flag lap a green flag is displayed on every flag post so that the drivers can see where the flag points are. In fact in FIA metings all flags are waved making it easier to see the flags as movement catches the eye. The FIA need to come down hard on drivers in their championships that disobey or ignore flags not just drive thrus but heavy fines and suspensions. Ignoring flags puts lives at risk

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      • I have to agree with art1. Seems silly to have the top racing series in the world rely on such an outdated mode of communication. Be kind of like us communicating by morse code. Flags have been missed throughout history by top echelon drivers such as Mansell. With all of the electronics in a modern race car, it ought to be easy to come up with a system that would allow the driver to concentrate solely on the matter at hand and not worry about whether some silly bugger is waving a blue flag or not. And don't get me started on that. The inconsistancies of blue flags are huge.

    • and while I know it might be expensive, it seems to me they SHOULD install some sort of a light system, especially at critical corners where drivers can actually see the warnings...