Yes,yes, I know what they mean. And I know you know what they
Most Mono drivers passed their ARDS test some time ago, and although
everybody knows the Blue Book well, we thought it might be useful to reproduce
what it says about flag signals. We've extracted the narrative from the
section which describes what the flags mean. It might be worthwhile re-reading
the rules, because at the beginning of the year either drivers can be
a little bit rusty , or officials get Double Nectar Points for the penalties
they dish out. (If any CoC's are reading that last bit is a joke.
TC). In all seriousness, if you know the rules, sorry for being patronising.
If you have any doubts at all, please spend a few minutes reading below.
There's a website
written by a marshall named John Newman (who's marshalled at many a Mono
race) where he describes in avery readable way a practical, experienced
marshall's view of the meaning of flags. Naturally, it's not MSA ratified
but it's good common sense stuff and so we've linked to it by clicking
the flags. Or you could just link to it here
and read it.
There's quite a lot to be said about safety cars so we'll deal with those
separately because the MSA seem unwilling to do so with clarity..
Stationary: Another competitor
is following close behind.
Waved: Another competitor is trying to overtake.
14.4. A car alone on the track may use the full width of the track.
however, as soon as it is caught by a car which is about
to lap it the driver must allow the faster driver past
at the first possible opportunity. If the driver
who has been caught does not seem to make full use of the rear-view
mirrors, flag marshals will display waved blue flags to indicate
that the faster driver wants to overtake. Any driver who appears
to ignore the blue flags will be reported to the Clerk of Course.
14.4.1. Curves, as well as the approach and exit zones thereof,
may be negotiated by the drivers in any way they wish, within the
limits of the track. Overtaking, may be done either on the right
or on the left.
14.4.2. Overtaking, according to the circumstances, may be carried
out either on the right or on the left. However, manoeuvres liable
to hinder other drivers, such as more than one change of direction
to defend a position, deliberate crowding of a car beyond the edge
of the track or any other abnormal change of direction, are strictly
prohibited Any driver who appears guilty of any of the above offences
may be reported to the Clerk of Course.
Stationary: Danger, slow down sufficiently to
ensure that full control of the vehicle can be retained. No overtaking.
Waved: Great danger. Slow down considerably. Be
prepared to suddenly change from the projected racing line, or take
other evasive action including stopping if necessary. No overtaking.
(This signal may be supplemented by flashing yellow light(s), as
an added warning).
15.1.1. At an incident where the track is obstructed, or marshals
are working at the trackside, the following signals will be used:
(a) A STATIONARY Yellow at the post before a WAVED Yellow.
(b) A waved Yellow flag at the post immediately preceding the incident.
NB: In very serious cases, this flag may be supplemented by an additional
waved yellow flag at a preceding post. (The waved yellow flag may
also be supplemented by flashing yellow warning lights).
(c) A stationary Green flag at the post immediately after the incident.
(d) If the incident is well off the track and marshals are not working
at the trackside, the incident may be indicated by a stationary
yellow flag, followed by a stationary green flag, or by a Hazard
15.1.2. Not slowing down or overtaking is an offence from wherever
Yellow flags are displayed until the Green flag is passed.
15.1.3. If a hazard has been indicated by Yellow flags as above,
the flags may be withdrawn, even though the hazard remains. It will
then be indicated by a Hazard Area board at the flag post preceding
the hazard. It is then the competitor’s responsibility to
take appropriate care.
|| Immediately cease driving at racing speed and proceed slowly, without
overtaking, and with maximum caution to pits or start line obeying
marshal’s instructions, and being prepared to stop should the
track be blocked.
||A service car or slow moving car is on the circuit. The white flag
will be waved to indicate the sector of the track
that the slow moving vehicle is in, and held stationary
whilst the vehicle is in the next sector.
||Stationary: Slippery surface ahead.
Slippery surface imminent.
||All clear, at the end of a danger area controlled by yellow flags.
Also used to signal the start of a formation lap and shown at all
posts during first lap of each practice session and during the formation
||Displayed with the competitor’s number: A warning, to the
driver that his behaviour is suspect and that he may be Black-flagged
on further reports.
||Displayed with the competitor’s number: Notification of apparent
mechanical failure or of a fire which might not be obvious to the
driver. The car concerned must call at its pit for repairs on the
||Displayed with the competitor’s number: The driver must stop
at his pit within one lap of receiving the signal and report to the
Clerk of the Course. A penalty of exclusion may be enforced by display
of the Black flag.
||Hazard Area Board: A warning of a hazard that was not present when
the practice/race commenced. [Editor's note: This is not a flag
but a board.]
||End of Race or Practice.
14.1. Except while on the track no competing car shall be driven at a
speed exceeding 10mph without the specific permission of the Clerk of
14.2. The driver of any car leaving the track because of being unable
to maintain racing speed should signal the intention to do so in good
time and is responsible for ensuring that the manoeuvre is carried out
safely and as near as possible to a point of exit.
14.2.1. Should a car stop somewhere other than in the pit lane it must
be moved as soon as possible so that its presence does not constitute
a danger or hinder other drivers. If the driver is unable to move the
car, marshals may assist. If such assistance results in the driver rejoining
the race, this must be done without committing any breach of the regulations
and without gaining any advantage.
14.2.2. No vehicle able to proceed under its own power shall be stopped
either on the track or the verges of the course but shall proceed to the
pits or paddock.
14.3. All races will be run in the direction specified on the track licence.
14.5. Drivers must use the track at all times. For the avoidance of doubt:
(a) the white lines defining the track edges are considered to be part
of the track but the kerbs are not, and;
(b) a driver will be judged to have left the track if no part of the car
remains in contact with the track.
(c) Should a car leave the track for any reason and without prejudice
to (d) below, the driver may rejoin. However, this may only be done when
it is safe to do so and without gaining any advantage.
(d) Repetition of serious mistakes or the appearance of a lack of control
over the car (such as leaving the track) will be reported to the Clerk
of Course and may entail the imposition of penalties up to and including
the exclusion of any driver concerned.
14.6. No competing vehicle shall be driven in the reverse direction of
the track except for the minimum distance to remove it from an unexpected
situation and then only under official supervision.
Flag Signals (5)15.1. Officials’ Signals will be conveyed to drivers
by the following flag signals (15.4, 15.5):
(a) Red/Green lights or National flag: Start. [Editor's note: The
remainder of this section is shown above]
15.2. When a race is stopped by the Red flag, the method of re-starting
or deciding the result will be in accordance with 5.4.2, 5.4.3, and 5.4.4.
[Editor's note: shown below]
5.4.1. Any race stopped before the leader has completed two laps will
be declared a “No Contest” and available cars will restart
from their original grid positions.
5.4.2. Any race stopped after the leader has completed more than two laps
but less than 75% of its duration will be considered as the first part
of a two part race. Cars will be restarted from a grid set out in the
finishing order, which shall be based upon the order of crossing the finish
line at one lap less than at the time of first showing the Red Flag. Only
cars which are under their own power at the showing of the Red Flag will
be classified. The result will be the order of finishing at the end of
the restarted race, unless Championship Regulations specify otherwise.
5.4.3. Any race stopped after the leader has completed 75% of its duration
may be considered to have finished, unless the Clerk of the Course, in
consultation with the Stewards of the Meeting, deems it appropriate to
restart the race. If not restarted the result will be based on the order
of crossing the finish line at one lap less than at the time of the first
showing of the Red Flag. Only cars which are under their own power at
the showing of the Red Flag will be classified. If run as a two part race
5.4.2 will apply.
5.5. In the interval between stopping and restarting the race cars may
return to the pit area for repairs. They may join from the pit road after
all the other cars have started. Non-runners at the time of stopping can
restart from the pit lane behind those referred to above. No work may
be carried out on the grid unless on grounds of safety and with the approval
of the scrutineer. The Clerk of the Course may order that the duration
of the second part or re-run of any race shall be of a shorter distance
than originally scheduled, or may be abandoned altogether.
And finally.....here's a signal from the drivers
to the marshalls. It's usually given on the slowing down lap and
means "Thanks for making sure the race was run safely, and
for standing there in the cold and wet so I can enjoy myself".