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Quiz about Racing Flags
Quiz about Racing Flags

Racing Flags Trivia Quiz

Motor racing uses a number of different flags to give information to drivers and those watching. In this quiz you have to identify what each of the flags shown means.

A label quiz by Stoaty. Estimated time: 3 mins.
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May 03 23
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This quiz uses the meanings for racing flags as used in FIA sanctioned events and listed in the FIA International Sporting Code. Racing sanctioned by other bodies may have different flags or alternative meanings for the flags shown.
Unsportsmanlike conduct End of race / session No overtaking, speed limited to 60km/h Race start / end of caution Disqualification Mechanical problem Caution - hazard on / near the track Slow moving vehicle on track Faster cars approaching Session suspended
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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Race start / end of caution

A green flag is shown when the track is clear and racing can start / resume. In Formula 1 it was traditional to start the race by waving the flag of the country where the race was taking place. These days this is rarely seen as the race start is controlled by a light countdown shown to drivers with a green flag being waved behind the grid. Green flags are also shown to indicate that a caution period is over and racing can resume.
2. Caution - hazard on / near the track

In FIA sanctioned races either one or two yellow flags can be shown to drivers. If a single yellow is shown this indicates that there is a hazard, such as debris or a broken down car, on or near the track. Double yellows are shown when the track is blocked and drivers must be prepared to slow down significantly and be aware of the hazard and marshals on the track.
3. No overtaking, speed limited to 60km/h

This flag is referred to as a code 60 flag. It is shown instead of using a full-course yellow or a safety car in the FIA approved 24H series. The 24H series is an endurance racing competition for touring cars consisting of only races lasting 24 or 12 hours.

When the code 60 flag is shown drivers are forbidden from overtaking and must not exceed 60km/h.
4. Faster cars approaching

A blue flag is shown to a driver to indicate that a faster car is approaching and the driver should let that car pass. In F1 this flag is used in practice and qualifying sessions to inform drivers not on fast laps that a driver on a fast lap is approaching while during a race the flag is shown to a driver who is about to be lapped. Drivers can be penalised for not moving when shown a blue flag.
5. Slow moving vehicle on track

In racing that follows the FIA Sporting Code a white flag is waved when there is a slow moving vehicle on track, this could be an official or emergency vehicle or a race car with an issue meaning it is running at significantly reduced speed. In F1 this flag is used during practice sessions to warn other drivers that drivers are doing practice starts on the pit straight.
6. Session suspended

A red flag means that the session is suspended, this could be a race or another session with cars on track such as qualifying or practice. A red flag is usually shown when it becomes too dangerous due to adverse conditions or because of a major accident blocking the track. Red flags are also used to allow for repairs to safety features such as barriers after a car has hit them to ensure they retain their effectiveness if another driver were to hit the same area.

Usually cars must return to the pit lane when the red flag is shown but sometimes they may have to stop on the track if it is deemed too dangerous or difficult to get to the pits.
7. Mechanical problem

This black flag with an orange circle in the middle is shown accompanied by a car number to inform a driver that their car is defective and they must come in to the pits to rectify the issue. This flag is usually shown when the mechanical problem could be dangerous to others such as loose bodywork which could come off and cause a problem for another driver.
8. Unsportsmanlike conduct

FIA sanctioned races use a black and white flag to show a driver they have been issued with a warning for unsportsmanlike conduct. This could be because they are deemed to have driven in a way that causes problems for other drivers or because they have gone outside of the designated race area of the track.
9. Disqualification

In FIA sanctioned races a black flag is shown with a car number and indicates that the driver has been disqualified from the race. The driver must return to the pits and take no further part in the race.
10. End of race / session

The black and white chequered flag is perhaps the most famous motor racing flag of them all and is waved to signal the end of the race. The chequered flag is also waved in F1 to indicate the end of qualifying and practice sessions.
Source: Author Stoaty

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