Drivers are set to make standing starts after safety car periods in 2017 after proposals were agreed in principal by teams ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Under the new measures, drivers will line up in grid slots as they come to the end of a safety car period before making a standing start.

The proposals were raised by Bernie Ecclestone as a means of improving the mid-race spectacle and though the finer details are yet to be agreed, it is understood to have received widespread approval from the teams.

Haas F1 team principal Guenther Steiner says he is support of the new measure, suggesting it will introduce a greater risk and reward element.

"It spices the show up," he said. "That's the good thing. We all love starts, there is a risk but where there is also reward -- some will win, some will lose. If it brings life into the sport like it was in the old days then there is a long way that we can go."

The proposals will still need to be rubber stamped through the Strategy Group and the F1 Commission before it is put to the World MotorSport Council next week.

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