HOW A VSC F1 SYSTEM FAILURE FOOLED PEREZ OUT OF A PODIUM
An FIA hardware issue briefly delaying the virtual safety car restart of Formula 1’s French Grand Prix cost Sergio Perez third place
Perez was running third ahead of Mercedes driver George Russell on the 50th lap of the 53-lap race
with both drivers told the VSC period triggered by the need to recover Zhou Guanyu’s Alfa Romeo was about to end as they approached the Turn 8/9 chicane.
However, what the FIA described as a “hardware issue” with the VSC system triggered an automatic switch to a backup.
This meant that the restart was delayed by around one minute, with Russell overtaking Perez when that happened.
The primary VSC system and its backup operate independently.
The first system issued the first VSC restart instruction and triggered the countdown.
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