Racing flags is a significant means of communication among auto racing drivers. The flags in motor race indicate track conditions and communication signals. On the other hand, there is no universal system for the use of these flags in different types of motorsports. Traditionally, racing flags are used in major racing leagues including FIA, NASCAR, and IndyCar.
Different racing flags colors & its meanings
- The Status racing flags are commonly used in several motorsports.
- The green color flag serves as a signal that the track is clear and ready to race on.
- The yellow color flag means to slow down as a precaution for the drivers.
- This striped yellow and red flag is used to indicate that racing track conditions have changed. These changes could reduce grip or cause a car to lose control – generally oil, coolant, small pieces of debris or sand.
- The red flag is used to indicate that racing conditions are no more suitable to continue the race or abort race for some time.
- The white flag is used to tell the viewers or spectators about the presence of an official car or a competitor moving at below normal speed in the section of track covered by the flag station.
- Another type of flag is called the instructional flag that is commonly used for communication between each driver at a single period. These flags include the black color flag, the black with orange circle flag, the per-bend white/black, the white cross, and lastly, the blue flag.
- The third type is called the chequered color flag, which can be seen at the start/finish line and considered as the most recognized flags in motor race.
Carrying these type of flags Marshals are appointed at different points around the circuit. Using different flags marshals provide important messages to the racing drivers in the track and keep communication going.