Driv­ers crit­i­cise length of safety car at start of Bri­tish GP

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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.”

Pace car was out for five laps at be­gin­ning of the race

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