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Announcement: Rule change for the Formation Lap

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The Rule regarding the Formation Lap procedure has been updated from:

Formation Lap:
On the formation lap, stay in formation. Do not fall too far behind the cars ahead. Cars on the back row may leave a small gap if they choose, but not excessive in order to gain a run on the pack as the lights go green.

Leaders, when you take over from the pace car, do not accelerate and brake excessively. When you accelerate to start the race, then you go.
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Formation Lap:
On the formation lap, stay in formation. Do not fall too far behind the cars ahead. Cars on the back row may leave a small gap if they choose, but not excessive in order to gain a run on the pack as the lights go green.

Do not accelerate and brake excessively.

The lead car should leave no larger than a 2 second gap to the pace car at any point during the formation lap. We implement this rule because the lights go green when the pace car pits, not when the lead car decides to go. With a field as big as we currently have, it can mean the green flag comes out with people barely in the final sector, certainly not ready to be racing.

On an additional note. The leader should maintain pace car speed throughout the formation lap, slowing excessively at the start to try and gain a jump on those around them will inevitably concertina the grid up and those mid-pack are likely to have incident. Bear in mind not everyone can see the lead car, nor can they see you slow until it's too late.
We saw a gap far, far too large being left at Silverstone and at Suzuka there was a sudden slow from the leader out of the Casio Triangle, this caused an incident further back due to a large portion of the grid being unsighted. This made for a messy start with some drivers picking up unfair penalties and other drivers picking up damage before the race had barely begun. Formation shenanigans won't be tolerated in future.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.