FIA moves to avoid F1 traffic chaos at Monza
Qualifying sessions in Formula 1 and its junior formulae F2 and F3 have been disrupted by drivers slowing down at the end of their out-laps to find clear air for their fast laps. This has caused traffic congestion and collisions, leading to red flags and delays. In order to prevent these issues from getting out of hand, the FIA has expanded the rule that restricts drivers from driving too slowly to include not only in-laps but also out-laps. This rule applies to any laps during and after the qualifying session. The high-speed layout of the Monza circuit exacerbates traffic issues, as drivers need to find a tow from the car ahead to boost their straight-line speeds. As a result, drivers are hesitant to be the first car in the queue, which contributes to the practice of backing each other up.