In a press conference held at Sochi Friday evening, in the presence of FIA President Jean Todt, F1 Race Director Charlie Whiting confirmed what many suspected: none of the racers slowed down much for the double yellow flags which were flown in Sector 7 at Suzuka following Sutil's accident.
Official confirmation of what was fairly obvious just from looking at data displayed on the F1 app.
As a consequence, F1 will be looking into options to take speed control in these situation away from drivers. This would likely result in a procedure similar to Endurance Racing's Code 60 which mandates a maximum speed through a problem area.
Aside from this, journalists present were shown CCTV footage of the crash which, as Sky Sports Ted Kravitz reported, showed Bianchi had a tank slapper before he went off and hit the recovery crane. No sign of mechanical failure has been detected so far.
The FIA once again was forced to confirm (and I can't believe anyone working in F1 media still asked about it) that the Green flag seen in the video clips was indeed correctly displayed.
There was a mention of looking into fitting recovery vehicles with some sort of protective skirt and that the vehicle was dispatched by Race Control.
Whiting denied late starting time for the race was a factor although they had offered the organizers a chance to move it up.
Whiting shot down Felipe Massa's assertion that he was "screaming on the radio" for race direction to stop the race.
There was no talk of canopies.