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F1 Abu Dhabi GP: F1 set to introduce standing restarts after safety car

Drivers will make standing starts after safety car periods in 2017 if proposals set out by Bernie Ecclestone are accepted.
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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tommytrojan1

November 26, 2016 5:33 PM

G*ddammit - yet ANOTHER stupid - and stupidly artificial rule to spice up the show. The huge number of astute F1 devotees on this site (and others) can, in a heartbeat, come up with dozens of better and more workable ideas., and yet no one ever asks them for their intelligent input. It's extremely telling that the (once) great sport of F1 needs 'spicing up' at all, but really, this is ridiculous. Why not try simply having drivers make a mandatory pit stop every ten laps, hop out of the car and then play a quick hand of 3 card Monty to decide who leads the next few laps - THAT'D spice things up, and make about as much sense. Admittedly, although the idea of standing starts isn't the worst idea either Bernie or the FIA have had, it still smacks of utter desperation.



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