F1's twelve teams will have the opportunity to discuss the contentious current safety car regulations with the sport's governing body the FIA in an Extraordinary Meeting of the Sporting Working Group at Silverstone on Wednesday – with the events of last weekend's outing in Valencia likely to top the agenda.
FIA Race Director Charlie Whiting – the chief subject of Fernando Alonso's post-race outburst in Spain – will chair the reunion, during which both sides will be given the chance to explain their point-of-view. On Sunday, Ferrari
claimed the result of the European Grand Prix was 'manipulated' given that for respecting the rules to the letter, its two drivers Alonso and Felipe Massa
were effectively penalised far more than McLaren-Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton
who did not.
Key amongst the topics up for debate is likely to be the length of time it takes stewards to deliberate over punishments for transgressions, with the 16 laps between Hamilton overtaking the safety car in Valencia and the British star serving the drive-through penalty he received for his misdemeanour in effect enabling him to get off scot-free without losing a position – much to Alonso and Ferrari's displeasure.
One possibility is that the pit exit could be kept open throughout the period in which the safety car is out on-track to allow drivers to simply blend into the queue, thereby avoiding the kind of situation that saw Mercedes Grand Prix's Michael Schumacher lose so much time in the same race by being held at the end of the pit-lane until the stream of cars had gone past.
Another option – now refuelling is no longer a factor – could be to keep the pits closed until all drivers are lined-up behind the safety car, with the only potential issue in that scenario being that all competitors would probably then pit at exactly the same time, leading to a very crowded and therefore potentially dangerous pit-lane.
Whilst any changes agreed are not likely to take effect until 2011, the outcome of the meeting will doubtless be awaited with some interest.