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Formula 1 rules to experience another overhaul next season



31 MAR - 03 APR 2016

Formula 1® is set for more changes in 2015 with the governing body looking to make the racing even more exciting for fans at the circuit and for television audiences worldwide.

Teams have been working closely with Formula One Management (FOM) and the FIA on a range of ideas, with many being recently ratified by the FIA World Motor Sport Council.

The most hotly debated has been the introduction of standing restarts from next season, with many drivers and key figures raising concerns over safety of the concept.

Titanium skid blocks to create sparks and an increase in engine noise are also being investigated and will likely be seen and heard in 2015.

The new Safety Car procedure will remain much the same as it is now, however once the safety car pulls into the pits, the cars will line up in order on the grid for a standing start using the five light sequence.

Australia’s Daniel Ricciardo has been vocal on the new rule, questioning whether it will make the racing too artificial.

"It's probably not the most fair idea. It may be more exciting, because there's a bit more variability with a standing start, but for me that's a bit too artificial,” Ricciardo said.

"If it goes to the standing start you could go down to third or fourth. That's just a bit too much of a disadvantage for someone who has earned the lead in the first place."

The most experienced driver on the grid, McLaren's Jenson Button, also raised concerns about the concept.

"I think it is great for the fans, it puts on a great show, and the start is an exciting part to the race. The thing is though that when you start a race you have new tyres, so you could find yourself with five laps to go, six laps to go and your tyres are almost bald already - and you need flat out laps to keep heat in them," Button said.

"So you will struggle off the line and it will be tricky for all of us to keep the car pointing in the same direction off the start.”

If the safety car is deployed within two laps of the start of the race, or if there are less than five laps remaining, a rolling restart will be used.

The Formula 1® Race Director, Charlie Whiting also has the right to enforce a rolling start if the conditions are ‘unsuitable for a standing restart’.

"I have heard some drivers express concerns but I think we can allay those fears. I think there were some concerns about worn tyres with starting from standing starts. But what you have to remember is that until you get to the point of a standing start, the safety car procedure will be exactly the same as before. ," Whiting told

"So if you are on worn tyres, any driver on worn tyres is very likely to pit anyway. They do it now so there is no reason why they would not do it under those new rules. That is what happens and it will continue to happen, so the chances of any driver resuming the race from a standing start on very badly worn tyres is very low.

"If you say a second standing start is dangerous, then it presupposes that the first one is as well. Of course, you are more likely statistically to have incidents at standing starts than at any other time in the race. But no driver wants that to happen and no driver will cause it to happen. I don't believe there is any added risk personally."

Pirelli has indicated that further testing will be required to understand the new regulation to ensure tyres can cope with the changes circumstances.

"We need to understand a little bit more detail. There will be a standing start but after how much time. You see the cars when they come in, there are all sorts of blowers that are used, so there are lots of issues involved," Pirelli Motorsport Director, Paul Hembery told

"From our point of view we've obviously run behind safety cars, so temperatures and pressures have dropped. We would have to do some simulations to work out how long will they be sat on the grid, and that's something we will want to look at."

Formula 1® teams will test at Silverstone this week, trailing some new concepts, before the next round of the championship at Hockenheim in Germany on 20 July.

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