Drivers criticise length of safety car at start of British GP
Drivers have criticised the decision to keep the safety car out for five laps at the start of the British Grand Prix.
A heavy rain shower just before the start of the race led to the safety car being used but by the time it returned to the pits several drivers decided conditions had already improved enough to switch from full wets to intermediates.
“It was definitely a safety car start, it was super wet, loads of standing water,” said Jenson Button. “But we waited a long time. The safety car should have come in two laps earlier.”
However, Lewis Hamilton was among the drivers to question whether the safety car was even needed at all.
“We could have started on the grid, there were wet patches and it would have been tricky but that’s what racing is about,” he said. “We stayed out for too long, it was intermediate conditions by the time they let us go.
“There was more water on track in 2008 when we started on the grid which is why I say that.”