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FIA, FIM-backed circuits hosting F1, MotoGP will have high-tech light panels

The two governing bodies have jointly worked together towards this.

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The FIA and FIM will have all of its circuits used for various championships - whether Grade 1, Grade 2 and Grade 3 - fitted with high-tech light panels.

The FIA and FIM have together confirmed the use of high-tech light panels for better safety. It will be made mandatory at all the circuits which hosts F1 and MotoGP from 2022 onward and will be followed by WEC, World SBK and EWC from 2023 onward.

The light panels operated by race control or trackside by marshals are used to display crucial information to all taking part in the competitions, which includes flag information, weather status, and if a safety car or virtual safety car has been deployed.

F1 already uses the high-tech panels but it is not a permanent feature at the circuit. Now each of the Grade 1 circuits on the racing calendar will need to install the T1-spec homologated light panels, which have passed the latest FIA Standard 3504-2019.

At the same time, the FIM-approved circuits will need to install the T1 or T2 spec homologated light panels. This requirement will extend to other Grade 1 or Grade 2 circuits from 2023, while Grade 3 circuits will see it from 2024, where T3-spec will be in use.

These panels underwent rigorous testing by the Federal Institute of Metrology laboratory in Switzerland. Currently, British company EM Motorsport is the only manufacturer to have passed the FIA tests for T1 and T2. Several others are in the process of homologating.

Spanish company Pixelcom has passed the FIA T2 tests and is currently the only provider for FIA-homologated T3 panels. Stuart Robertson, FIA Head of Circuit and Rally Safety, said: "This is another important step in the collaboration between the FIA and FIM on circuit safety. It will ensure that all championships that race on these top-level circuits can have access to the latest safety innovations."

Franck Vayssie, FIM Circuit Racing Commission Director, added: "The FIM and FIA share a strong bond in terms of safety and this further strengthens that cooperation. Making these light panels mandatory at FIM circuits that host MotoGP, Superbike and Endurance World Championships will help to ensure the highest levels of safety for all series that race on these top-level tracks."

Here's all in full details: www.fia.com/sites/default/files/fia_standard_3504-2019_light_panels_en_v2.pdf

[Image courtesy: FIA] [Note: The story was written on FormulaRapida.net]

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