The FIA is set to introduce revised Safety Car rules from the British Grand Prix onwards to prevent a repeat of the fiasco that befell last fortnight’s European Grand Prix.
Charlie Whiting, the FIA Race Director, met with the sporting directors of the twelve teams at Silverstone on Wednesday to seek more clarity to the regulations after some glaring issues were brought to everyone’s attention at the race in Valencia.
Apparently several proposals were discussed – including a complete closure of the pit lane during Safety Car interruptions – but it is now understood that the speed at which the cars run under Safety Car conditions will be further reduced.
The previous rules stipulated that the drivers ran at a ‘delta’ lap time of 120% of a regular lap time before forming up behind the Safety Car – the new rules are now stipulating that the drivers will have to slow to the speed of the Safety Car itself.
The logic behind this will be to ensure that the possibility of a driver passing the Safety Car – as Lewis Hamilton blatantly did at Valencia – should be minimised.
The drivers will trial the increased ‘delta’ time after practice on Friday and Saturday this weekend, and all going well, will use the revised benchmark in the event of a Safety Car interruption in the race.
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