Definitions for "Formation lap"
Keywords:  lap, grid, drivers, cars, warm
The lap on which the cars leave the grid when the green flag is waved then reform on the grid for the start of the race.
One lap around the circuit just before the start of the race. After the lap, cars are stopped again on the grid in the starting formation, ready to start the race. Sometimes drivers use this lap to warm up their tyres, which explains why they drive their vehicles in a wavy pattern.
A Warm-up lap in grid order before the drivers take up their grid positions for the start.