The sports flag, checkered flag or racing flag is used motorsport competition or for sports enthusiasts in general. These are used to communicate on race circuits between the race management, the sports clubs and the participants.
The flags are used by the racecourse and the sports clubs to alert the participants to enter the race. Also, the flags may be shown from vehicles of the racecourse.
In Formula 1, the flags are now directly instructed from the race management and transmitted electronically to the driver’s cockpit. Alternatively, in the case of night races, reflective plates or the Formula 1 so-called electronic flags are used. The “light panels” are increasingly used in motorsport, where the flags are indicated by a light indicator. These can be operated directly by the race management.
Racing flags give NASCAR officials the opportunity to communicate with drivers during races. The flagship sat in a high stand above the start/finish line, wave flags when necessary.
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