Teams expected to meet FIA about Safety Car rules

Teams expected to meet FIA about Safety Car rules

29 June 2010 – Formula 1’s teams are set to gather with sporting governing body the FIA to discuss Safety Car regulations ahead of the British Grand Prix. The meeting will follow mixed opinions in Valencia, where no less than nine drivers were penalised for driving too quickly under Safety Car conditions.

Since last season, drivers have been required to follow a delta timer – located on the car’s steering wheel – at the moment the Safety Car is deployed; competitors are shown a countdown which varies depending on their on-track location and, to prevent quick speeds and possible danger situations, must not return to the second Safety Car line before the clock reaches zero.

However, nine drivers received 5-second post-race penalties on Sunday after returning to the line too soon. The issue is something Force India F1 Team Manager Andy Stevenson believes can be seen as questionable and therefore must be fine-tuned.

“I think what the FIA certainly had to do was highlight the fact that rule had been broken,” he said in Force India’s European Grand Prix podcast. “It was always going to be very difficult because different drivers had broken the same rule to different extents just depending on, basically, the luck of the draw on where they were on the circuit at the time that the Safety Car was deployed.

“It, to me, is a pretty clear rule but it’s quite a difficult rule for the drivers and their engineers to execute in the short amount of time that they can sometimes have to do this, depending on where they are. For instance, if you’re 200 metres from Safety Car line two, you’ve literally got one or two seconds to get everything sorted to get the delta times right, so it makes it quite tricky.

“I think one of the other issues that the stewards had is that everybody basically did the same thing which again highlights that, in that situation – when the race is going, everyone’s racing hard and they suddenly deploy the Safety Car – it’s very difficult for them all to get within this delta time.

“I think it’s something we need to address and I do believe that the FIA are going to have a meeting with us all before the next event to see how we can improve it.

“There is nothing to gain so there’s no reason to go fast around the track and the idea is to make it safe because, in a Safety Car situation, you’re not sure what’s just around the next corner and we’ve got to make sure that the track’s safe for marshals and for ambulance crews alike.

“So it is a good rule, and it’s one all the teams should stick to, but in the heat of competition I think it is quite to implement it as fast as we would like and we need to address this.”


Also on Tuesday: Michael advises Safety Car rule ‘review’

related

Comments

Latest News
Full
Compact

  1. Tuesday 26 May 2015

  2. Daly to replace Hinchcliffe for Detroit 14:18

    Daly to replace Hinchcliffe for Detroit

    Conor Daly will remain in IndyCar after Schmidt Peterson Motorsports confirmed that he will replace the injured James…

    Indy
  3. Briatore: Alonso better off at McLaren 13:31

    Briatore: Alonso better off at McLaren

    Flavio Briatore says Fernando Alonso is better placed at McLaren compared to Ferrari, despite the Spaniard having failed to…

    F1
  4. No further action in de Villota accident 11:29

    No further action in de Villota accident

    Manor Grand Prix Racing will face no further action over the testing crash involving Maria de Villota following the conclusion…

    F1
  5. Williams cannot repeat Monaco - Smedley 11:08

    Williams cannot repeat Monaco - Smedley

    Williams Head of Performance Engineering Rob Smedley says the squad must examine where it went wrong at the Monaco Grand Prix in…

    F1
  6. Arrivabene: Ferrari outsmarted Mercedes 09:49

    Arrivabene: Ferrari outsmarted Mercedes

    Ferrari Team Principal Maurizio Arrivabene says the squad outsmarted Mercedes strategically in order to collect second position…

    F1
  7. Monaco Grand Prix: Winners and Losers 08:56

    Monaco Grand Prix: Winners and Losers

    Nico Rosberg took a third straight Monaco win as dominant Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton was skewered by an incorrect pit…

    F1
  8. Video of the Day: Red Bull's Energy Station 05:23

    Video of the Day: Red Bull's Energy Station

    Find out more about Red Bull's floating Energy Station, which it brought to the Monaco Grand Prix.

    F1
  9. Monday 25 May 2015

  10. 17:04

    Book F1 tickets and join the action live!

    F1
  11. Montoya: First Indy 500 win was easier 15:45

    Montoya: First Indy 500 win was easier

    Juan Pablo Montoya described his first Indianapolis 500 win as "easy" compared to his victory at the 99th running of the…

    Indy
  12. Video: Max drives Jos around Monaco 14:27

    Video: Max drives Jos around Monaco

    Watch as Max Verstappen takes father Jos for a lap of the Monaco Grand Prix circuit in a Renault Clio.

    F1
  13. Smith, Espargaró set for Suzuka 8 Hours 13:42

    Smith, Espargaró set for Suzuka 8 Hours

    MotoGP team-mates Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaró will form part of the rider line-up for the factory Yamaha team at this…

    MotoGP
  14. Rosberg still thought Hamilton would win 11:52

    Rosberg still thought Hamilton would win

    Nico Rosberg has explained that he still thought Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton would win the Monaco Grand Prix despite his…

    F1
  15. Video: Indianapolis 500 highlights 11:12

    Video: Indianapolis 500 highlights

    Watch highlights from the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500, won by Juan Pablo Montoya.

    Indy
  16. Massa hits out at 'dangerous' Verstappen 10:21

    Massa hits out at 'dangerous' Verstappen

    Williams driver Felipe Massa has criticised Max Verstappen following the Toro Rosso rookie's contact with Romain Grosjean, and…

    F1
  17. Kvyat buoyed by best Formula 1 finish 10:02

    Kvyat buoyed by best Formula 1 finish

    Red Bull driver Daniil Kvyat expressed his delight after securing the best result of his short Formula 1 career at the Monaco…

    F1
  18. Video: Ricciardo, Räikkönen make contact 09:42

    Video: Ricciardo, Räikkönen make contact

    Daniel Ricciardo barged past Kimi Räikkönen for fifth with this move late in the Monaco Grand Prix.

    F1
  19. Räikkönen expected Ricciardo penalty 09:36

    Räikkönen expected Ricciardo penalty

    Kimi Räikkönen says he expected Daniel Ricciardo to be penalised by the stewards after their clash in the closing stages of…

    F1
  20. Pérez: Force India maximising opportunities 08:34

    Pérez: Force India maximising opportunities

    Sergio Pérez says his Force India team is maximising its opportunities after he started and finished in seventh position at the…

    F1
  21. Video of the Day: Prost on Renault's F1 plans 05:27

    Video of the Day: Prost on Renault's F1 plans

    Renault ambassador Alain Prost discusses the French brand's future intentions regarding Formula 1.

    F1
  22. 01:12

    Championship standings after Monaco

    F1
  23. Sunday 24 May 2015

  24. 21:54

    Latest IndyCar photos: 99th Indy 500

    Indy
  25. Montoya wins thrilling Indy 500 21:41

    Montoya wins thrilling Indy 500

    Juan Pablo Montoya has won the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 in a back-and-forth battle with several cars, beating…

    Indy
  26. 18:02

    Latest F1 photos: Sunday in Monaco

    F1
  27. Button says points a 'hugely positive step' 17:40

    Button says points a 'hugely positive step'

    Jenson Button says scoring points in the Monaco Grand Prix marks a "hugely positive step" for the renewed McLaren-Honda…

    F1
  28. Renault 'going in the right direction' 17:30

    Renault 'going in the right direction'

    Renault believes that it is heading "in the right direction" after the brand recorded its best result of the season at the…

    F1
  29. Verstappen given five-place grid penalty 16:47

    Verstappen given five-place grid penalty

    Max Verstappen has been given a five-place grid penalty for the Canadian Grand Prix following his clash with Romain Grosjean in…

    F1
  30. 16:35

    Follow the 99th Indianapolis 500 live!

    Indy
  31. Vettel pleased to capitalise on Mercedes error 16:15

    Vettel pleased to capitalise on Mercedes error

    Sebastian Vettel expressed his satisfaction after capitalising on Mercedes' strategic error in the closing stages of the Monaco…

    F1
  32. Wolff apologises for Hamilton pit blunder 16:01

    Wolff apologises for Hamilton pit blunder

    Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has apologised to Lewis Hamilton for the pit blunder that cost him a near certain Monaco Grand Prix…

    F1
  33. Rosberg admits Monaco victory 'lucky' 15:38

    Rosberg admits Monaco victory 'lucky'

    Nico Rosberg has admitted that he was lucky to win the Monaco Grand Prix after the late drama involving team-mate Lewis…

    F1
  34. Video: Verstappen crashes out in Monaco 15:27

    Video: Verstappen crashes out in Monaco

    Max Verstappen dramatically crashed out of the Monaco Grand Prix after a collision with Romain Grosjean.

    F1
  35. 15:15

    In full: Monaco Grand Prix race result

    F1
  36. Rosberg wins in Monaco amid late drama 15:01

    Rosberg wins in Monaco amid late drama

    Nico Rosberg claimed a third successive Monaco Grand Prix victory after Mercedes controversially opted to pit team-mate and…

    F1
  37. 12:42

    Follow the Monaco Grand Prix live!

    F1
  38. 11:31

    Revised starting grid for the Monaco GP

    F1
  39. Video: Van Buuren, Bonifacio in huge crash 11:20

    Video: Van Buuren, Bonifacio in huge crash

    Meindert van Buuren and Bruno Bonifacio clash spectacularly during the FR3.5 race in Monaco.

    FR 3.5
  40. Jaafar takes maiden win in messy race 11:02

    Jaafar takes maiden win in messy race

    Jazeman Jaafar followed up his first pole in Formula Renault 3.5 with victory around the streets of Monaco on Sunday…

    FR 3.5
  41. Brundle positive over Pirelli's 18-inch tyre 08:47

    Brundle positive over Pirelli's 18-inch tyre

    Ex-Formula 1 driver turned television commentator Martin Brundle praised Pirelli's efforts after trialling the company's 18-inch…

    F1
  42. Video of the Day: Rosberg's Monaco tour 05:12

    Video of the Day: Rosberg's Monaco tour

    Nico Rosberg and David Coulthard go on a trip around Monaco ahead of the Grand Prix.

    F1
  43. Saturday 23 May 2015

  44. Di Grassi disqualified, d'Ambrosio gets win 20:34

    Di Grassi disqualified, d'Ambrosio gets win

    Lucas di Grassi has been stripped of his Berlin ePrix victory over technical breaches, promoting Jérôme d'Ambrosio to a maiden…

    FE
more news