The FIA has moved quickly to respond to criticism stemming from the Safety Car fiasco at the European Grand Prix, and introduced several new rules to ensure that the drivers are not unfairly disadvantaged by a full-course caution period.

SafetyCar_thumb[1] On top of the earlier rules announcement governing the speed at which the cars must travel when a Safety Car period starts, the FIA also announced changes as to when and how the Safety Car will be deployed.

The rules now mean that a full-course caution can be declared and that the Safety Car does not immediately join the circuit, but rather when the Race Director feels it is appropriate to do so.

”An assessment will…be made to determine when the safety car should join the track in order to try and ensure that no drivers will be unnecessarily disadvantaged,” the FIA statement reads.

“In all cases we will attempt to pick up the leader. However, if this proves unfeasible for any reason, cars between the safety car and the leader will be waved through immediately.”

Additionally, the FIA confirmed it had made changes to the way pit lane exit lights are switched between green and red to ensure there is no repeat of the incident that befell Michael Schumacher, who was forced to hold station at the pit lane exit despite there being an available gap that he could have slotted into on-track behind the Safety Car.

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