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Ricciardo: Drivers were against standing restarts

Daniel Ricciardo says the majority of the drivers on the F1 grid were against the introduction of standing restarts after safety car periods
Daniel Ricciardo says the majority of the drivers on the F1 grid were against the introduction of standing restarts after safety car periods.

The World Motor Sport Council [WMSC] rubber-stamped the proposal last week which will see races restarting from a standing start on a grid following a safety car period from next year onwards. However, when asked if the drivers had been consulted on the proposal before it was approved, Ricciardo replied: “We did, we all pretty much disagreed as far as I am aware.

“I will let the veteran drivers speak their minds, I said I don't think it is the best thing, we will see what other drivers say about it.”

However, Ricciardo did explain why he felt the new regulation was a bad move, saying it would be unfair on the leading driver in such a situation.

“I don't want to go in to it too much but in a nutshell if you're leading the race by 20 seconds, the safety car comes out and you lose a 20 second advantage. So what was looking like an easy victory is now still questionable. So that's already a big disadvantage for the leader who has obviously worked hard to build up that gap.

“Now, to then put him in a standing start then anything can happen at the starts, not only an accident but you just get a poor start you can go from first to fourth before Turn 1 these days. It just seems harsh.”


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CarmelitoEzpeleta

July 01, 2014 9:36 PM

What a joke, double points, standing restarts, less practice seasions, bans on testimg, V6 engines... what tye hell happened to this once great sport? If any of you love real F1 give motogp a watch, its basically what F1 used to be 15 - 20 years ago. Danger, thrills, spills, actual racing, no gimmicks, traditional circuits, only 3 or 4 competitiors from 2 teams with a realistic chance of victory..



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