System 1 and the black flag


Every sport has its own rules and System 1 is no exception. Failure to comply with these rules is punishable by the penalty, the worst of which is disqualification from the race, which is indicated by the black flag.

If the racer sees the black flag, it means that he must immediately enter the boxing and end the race. Because of the worst possible sanction, the appearance of a black flag in Formula 1 is relatively rare, and F1 has also recently introduced a system of penalty points that racers receive for individual minor offenses. In the event that a racer collects them within a year 12, the FIA ​​penalizes him for one race, which has not happened since the introduction of this rule.

On the other hand, in Formula One history, we have already experienced some cases where a racer has earned a black flag with a serious violation of the rules.


For years 2004, Colombian racer Juan Pablo Montoya earned his disqualification for the US Grand Prix. After racing his car at the start of the race, Williams ran into the garage where he sat in the spare car. Unfortunately, the commissioners showed him a black flag during a boxing stop.


The driver of Ayrton Senna's caliber was also not safe from the black flag. Even worse, it happened at his home race in Brazil. The mechanical failure in his car prior to the race meant that he started the race from the pits with his spare reserve race car.

Like Montoya, Senna also received the black flag for changing his car after the race had formally begun.


The seven-time world champion earned the black flag in his triumphant season 1994 by twice leading Damon Hill in the warm-up round. Schumacher then ignored all penalties received, including two black flags, in the race. The commissioners disqualified the German immediately after the race.

AL PEASE – 1969

Canadian Al Pease made history in F1 as the only racer to qualify for speeding. In the race for the GP of Canada of the Year 1969, he was well behind the competition 1994 , after a series of incidents and complaints from other racers, he was eventually disqualified by the race management.


In the Argentina GP race of the year 1977, Hans Heyer failed to qualify for the race, nevertheless the German used his acquaintances and somehow sneaked in to the starting line. Heyer drove quite a few rounds before being exposed, but the penalty was obviously obvious.

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