When the issue cropped up in Hungary and Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg and then again with Force India’s Sergio Perez in Singapore, there was a difference between single and double-waved yellow flags. As such, there was a penalty for the latter and not the former.
We discussed the situation on our race review podcast and at the time, Paul suggested the complete lap should be aborted in a double-yellow situation. That is exactly wha the FIA have done this weekend at the Malaysian Grand Prix.
With immediate effect, the FIA’s Charlie Whiting has told teams and drivers that a double-yellow situation will mean that the entire lap is aborted in a practice or qualifying session. It will be the same for everyone and it will hurt some folks making a late charge for pole but that’s the way it is.