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Gene: Officials like safety car uncertainty

Ferrari test driver Marc Gene claims F1 officials like the uncertainly generated by safety car periods
Ferrari test driver Marc Gene has said that he feels that F1 officials are keen not to make radical changes to the safety car regulations in order to retain some uncertainty in the sport.

The controversy surrounding the events of the European Grand Prix in Valencia led to changes being made to the safety car procedure for the British Grand Prix, with drivers told to slow when the safety car boards went out and the car then waiting at the end of the pitlane before picking up the leader.

While that system worked well at Silverstone when the safety car was sent out to remove debris from the Sauber of Pedro de la Rosa, Gene said he felt that it was drivers who wanted change to be made while officials would rather keep a system that could shake up the racing action.

"I think your proposal would be fairer," he told the Spanish paper El Mundo when asked if a system that effectively froze the race during a safety car period would work better, "because it doesn't make sense that the safety car can so clearly influence the outcome of the race.

"In short, I think the drivers of the GPDA like your proposal, but the officials of F1 want to leave it as it is so that there is more uncertainty for the race."



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HondaF1Fanatic

July 13, 2010 3:55 PM

I read on the F1 official page about the "New Rules for safety car period.." I could be wrong but it seems they are the same rules that were always there. Safety car is to pick up the 1st driver and the other drivers will que up behind the safety car ( just like in Silverstone ) If they are not able to pick up the 1st driver then the other drivers will be waived through till the 1st driver is behind the safety car... The only difference is the Exiting the pit lane rule stating there will be no RED light but the driver is to re enter the track safely... Am I missing something??



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