F1 2 Hour Time Limit: Under which scenario can an F1 race exceed the 2-hour mark, and how much time extension does it provide.
At the Tuscan Grand Prix, the race was lengthy and chaotic, the main reason was the two red flags shown in the race which caused big stoppages in the race. As per the current rules of Formula 1, a race shall not exceed the 2-hour mark.
The race is obligated to end by this mark. However, there is a major exception to this rule which was applied during the Tuscan Grand Prix, which took almost 150 minutes to complete.
As per the F1 rules, The race can not exceed two hours in length; if this interval is reached the race will be ended at the end of the next full lap.
The only exception is if the race is halted by a Red flag in which case the total time including the red flag stoppage must not exceed 4 hours (since 2012), and the total time excluding the red flag stoppage may not exceed 2 hours.
The race at Mugello saw 2 red flags, the first time since 2017, and the exception to the 2-hour rule was applied over here making it a lengthier race than usual.
Chaos at Mugello
The beginning of the race at Mugello was full of chaos, the first incident happened literally after the first turn, Pierre Galsy and Max Verstappen were forced out of the race due to a Carlos Sainz losing the control of the car, although it didn’t lead to red flags.
Lap 7 restart at Mugello = carnage 😮 💥
Four drivers = OUT
— Formula 1 (@F1) September 13, 2020
The second incident happened that brought out the red flags was during lap 6, when multiple drivers were involved in a crash and forced four drivers out. Then Lance Stroll during the last few laps collided with the barriers to force another set of red flags to come out.