F1 is doomed to safety car starts

F1 is doomed to safety car starts

Formula 1's regulations sentenced the British Grand Prix to a safety car start, but the FIA must find better procedures to ensure safety cars do not outstay their welcome, and take a hard line on track limits

As I said in my previous article after the British Grand Prix free-practice sessions on Friday, Formula 1 in general lacks a visual appeal but that all came right on race day. It was a really exciting race, even if the FIA tried its hardest to spoil it by leaving the safety car out for far too long.

Not only does starting the race behind the safety car destroy one of the great spectacles - that first-lap ducking and diving - it also eliminates the opportunity of someone taking the risk of starting with intermediates, because you must use full wets when it's a safety car start.

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