The race must be 305 kilometers long (260 kilometers in the case of the Monaco Grand Prix) and is defined as “the least number of full laps that surpasses 305 kilometers.”

Divide 305 by the length of a lap, which varies from track to track, to get the number of laps in a race.

The race cannot last more than 2 hours. If the two-hour time limit is surpassed, the race is declared completed after the current lap.


Previously, refueling during races was permitted, but this was prohibited beginning in 2010. As a result, each vehicle must guarantee that its tank is fully charged before the race starts. However, beginning in the 2017 season, refueling during races will be permitted once more.

Flags of Racing

Racing flags are used in Formula One to give out numerous messages and indications to the drivers, similar to those used in motorsports and other racing contests, such as the race start or finish, lap indication, adverse weather indicator, and so on.

In Formula One racing, three types of flags are used. They aren’t.

  • Flags of Status
  • Flags of Instruction

The Chequered Flag is a flag with a chequered pattern.

Flags of Status

There are five different status flags to choose from.

It is used to signal the start of a race or the resumption of a race that has been halted due to a temporary delay.

A yellow flag signals drivers that they should slow down due to an accident or hazard on the track or because it is raining.

It is an indicator of danger, particularly in inclement weather, and it tells drivers to promptly halt or return to the pits, depending on the scenario.

The red and yellow striped flag signifies that the track conditions have been altered by automobile debris, spilled oil, or sand and might result in issues such as loss of control and reduced grip.

The white flag is hoisted on the last corner and pit straight at the end of free practice sessions (Friday and Saturday), alerting drivers that other drivers are practicing on the hole straight.

Flags of Instruction

These flags only communicate with one motorist and come in five different forms.

When a driver has breached some regulations, the Black Flag is displayed to apply a penalty and tell the driver to return to the pit.

It also signals that a car has been ordered to return to the cockpit due to mechanical concerns such as fuel leaks, water leaks, or oil leaks that interfere with the race’s processes.

The per-bend black/white flag has one black diagonal and one white diagonal, indicating that the driver has been penalized for lack of sportsmanship.

Black flag with two white diagonal crosses This flag is black with two white diagonal crosses and is waved when a driver ignores other black flags and indicates that his automobile is no longer scoring.

A blue flag warns the driver that another quicker automobile is approaching him and that he should make room for the faster car.

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