Standing starts to follow safety car periods from 2015

Standing starts to follow safety car periods from 2015

Standing starts from the grid are to be introduced after safety car periods from 2015.

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As a part of recent moves to increase the visual spectacle of Formula One, alongside the reintroduction of sparks and efforts to increase the current engine noise, it is understood that the F1 Commission approved this week a proposal that will see standing starts introduced following the deployment of a safety car.

Under the new system, revealed by AUTOSPORT on Friday, lapped cars would be allowed to unlap themselves before the field would reform on the grid, in the same style as a normal race start.

The belief is that a standing start would introduce more passing after a safety car period, increasing the spectacle of the race.

As with the other proposals mentioned this rule change must first be ratified by the FIA World Motorsport Council – a formality – before it can be officially added to the sports regulations, in advance of its introduction for the 2015 season.

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Dan Paddock

Dan Paddock

Dan Paddock is an FIA accredited freelance motorsport and Formula 1 journalist and the recently appointed Grand Prix Editor of Richland F1. Dan joined the site in July of last year as a Staff Writer, fresh off the back of completing a master’s degree in journalism. He has since gone on to represent Richland F1 at the 2014 British Grand Prix, his debut in the Formula 1 paddock. Aside from Richland F1, Dan also writes for Rumble Strip News, as well as maintaing his own modest blog.