Ricciardo: Drivers against standing restarts
2 July 2014 – Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo says the majority of Formula 1 drivers are against standing restarts, which will be introduced to the rulebook from the 2015 season.
The new regulation will see standing restarts follow Safety Car periods, providing more than two laps have passed from the start of the race – or a restart – and there are over five laps remaining.
"We all pretty much disagreed as far as I'm aware," Ricciardo told media, including GPUpdate.net.
"I don't think it's the best thing, but we'll see what others say."
Ricciardo reckons the change will lead to "harsh" results, with the unknown of extra starts being added to the already severe penalty of losing a race lead.
"You can be leading the race by 20 seconds, the Safety Car comes out and you lose the advantage," he said.
"What was looking like a comfortable victory is questionable. So that's a big disadvantage for the leader, who has worked very hard to build up that gap.
"Now to put them in a standing restart... anything can happen at the starts, not only an accident but if you get a poor start you can go from first to fourth before Turn 1 just like that. I just think it's harsh on the leader."