F1 drivers opposed to introduction of standing restarts – Ricciardo

F1 drivers opposed to introduction of standing restarts – Ricciardo

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Daniel Ricciardo has confirmed that Formula 1 drivers were approached ahead of the controversial introduction of standing restarts, with the Australian admitting that the response was widely negative.

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As of 2015, standing restarts from the grid will follow the deployment of the safety car, after the World Motor Sport Council approved the proposal last week.

Asked whether the drivers had been consulted on their thoughts ahead of the introduction of standing restarts, Ricciardo replied: “We did, we all pretty much disagreed as far as I am aware.

“I will let the more veteran drivers speak their minds,” he told reporters ahead of the British Grand Prix. “I said I don’t think it is the best thing, we will see what other drivers say about it.”

Ricciardo shared his doubts over the fairness of the new rule, especially in regard to the penalty a race leader would suffer should there be a standing restart.

“I don’t want to go into 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,” he added.

“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.

“To then put him in a standing start, 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 one  like that these days. It just seems harsh on the leader.”

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