F1 2014

F1 Safety Car Rules Change – Standing Starts From 2015

The FIA has approved proposed changes to the safety car rules governing Formula One, to take effect from 2015 onwards.

The current rules dictate a rolling start takes place behind the race leader when the safety car heads for the pits, but beginning next season the cars will instead be re-formed on the grid and started by FIA starter Charlie Whiting.

The move has proved divisive, some fans labelling it ‘stupid’ while others express their belief that it will add to the spectacle enhanced in recent seasons by additions such as super-degradable Pirelli tyres and the DRS Drag Reduction System. However, drivers in particular have criticised the move, with Daniel Ricciardo calling it ‘too artificial’, and championship leader Nico Rosberg saying it is ‘extreme’.

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