How a VSC F1 system failure fooled Perez out of a podium

An FIA {hardware} subject briefly delaying the digital security automobile restart of System 1’s French Grand Prix value Sergio Perez third place, in accordance with the Purple Bull driver.

Perez was operating third forward of Mercedes driver George Russell on the fiftieth lap of the 53-lap race, with each drivers informed the VSC interval triggered by the necessity to get well Zhou Guanyu’s Alfa Romeo was about to finish as they approached the Flip 8/9 chicane.

Nonetheless, what the FIA described as a “{hardware} subject” with the VSC system triggered an automated swap to a backup. This meant that the restart was delayed by round one minute, with Russell overtaking Perez when that occurred.

The first VSC system and its backup function independently. The primary system issued the primary VSC restart instruction and triggered the countdown.

This had not been accomplished, which means that when the backup system was switched to, it was essential to subject a brand new VSC restart instruction and a recent countdown.

This led to the restart occurring one minute after the preliminary VSC ending message was issued, moderately than the “between 10 and 15 seconds” mandated by the principles.

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This delay to the restart meant Perez initially pulled away from Russell out of the chicane, earlier than realising the VSC was staying in place longer than anticipated. The pair have been again collectively by the point they reached Flip 11.

Each have been conscious the restart was imminent, with it lastly occurring because the pair rounded the Flip 13 right-hander on the entry to the Flip 14 left-hander.

Perez initially attacked Flip 12 greater than Russell, pulling away, however because the VSC was nonetheless energetic he needed to again off and brake to make sure he didn’t fail to maintain to the delta and set off a penalty.

Russell timed his restart to perfection and dived handed a wheelspinning Perez when the race went inexperienced.

Perez mentioned the system was “completely improper” and the confusion precipitated led to him being overtaken by Russell.

“It was actually unlucky what occurred with the VSC,” mentioned Perez.

“I received the message that it was going to finish out of Flip 9, so I went for it. However then it didn’t finish, and I had the message saying it was going to finish. Then it ended after Flip 12 and I used to be simply too near it.

“It looks as if George had completely different info and he was capable of put together higher for it.

“It’s a disgrace that the digital security automobile interfered within the outcome. It shouldn’t be the case, but it surely was.”

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Russell, who claimed his fourth third place of the season because of the transfer, felt that the restart was “easy”.

He too was anticipating the VSC to finish earlier, however was capable of launch the transfer because of the timing of his restart and avoiding the necessity to sluggish considerably to keep away from failing to hit the delta, as Perez did.

“To be sincere, I simply gunned it when the lights went inexperienced,” mentioned Russell. “I received the run on him and went across the outdoors at Flip 14.

“You typically must attempt to pre-empt it just a little bit and if you’re within the race by yourself you’re simply taking part in it secure, leaving just a little little bit of margin.

“I simply received a very nice run, timed it completely, I feel. He needed to brake just a little bit, perhaps he was a bit too fast.

“So with him braking, with myself accelerating, it simply gave us that closing velocity. And it was fairly candy.”

Purple Bull group principal Christian Horner mentioned he deliberate to hunt an evidence from the FIA about precisely what went improper.

Talking shortly after the race, he prompt that Perez had additionally suffered an issue with the delta info he was being fed.

He described the scenario as “irritating” given it denied Purple Bull a double podium and Perez third place after a troublesome race.

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“Checo struggled just a little extra this weekend with [tyre] deg than we’ve seen beforehand,” mentioned Horner.

“What was irritating for him was that there was a problem with race management with the VSC, as a result of they couldn’t flip it off in order that they needed to do a reset.

“He was saying he wasn’t getting the delta in his automobile, so he was bang on his delta [time when the restart happened] and I feel George both pre-empted it and was throughout the delta, or perhaps the data between the 2 automobiles was completely different. So now we have to go and discover that.

“But it surely was irritating as a result of I feel he would have had the tempo to carry him off for a double podium.”

When requested by The Race about this downside, the FIA mentioned that no delta time info points had been reported to it within the aftermath of the race.

In an announcement, the FIA additionally confirmed that every one groups obtained the identical info, and that the restart countdown was additionally accessible on trackside panels seen to the drivers.

“A second VSC-ending message was despatched attributable to a {hardware} subject, which led to an automatic swap to backup techniques that labored precisely as they need to in that situation,” mentioned the assertion.

“The identical info is provided to all groups concurrently. The VSC-ending countdown time to the inexperienced mild being displayed on trackside panels is all the time random.”

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