Standing start change gets the green light
A proposal for standing starts to be used after safety car periods next season was approved by team principals after a meeting with Bernie Ecclestone in Abu Dhabi last weekend.
It is understood that all teams agreed with the idea, which is aimed at improving the show, and it will now need the approval of the Strategy Group and F1 Commission before being formally ratified by the World Motor Sport Council. The finer details of how the restarts would work have yet to be finalised.
Haas team principal Gunther Steiner said it was a good idea to make races more interesting.
“It spices the show up and that’s a good thing,” he said. “We all love starts. There is a risk, but when there is risk, there can be a reward – some will win, some will lose.
“If the races are getting more interesting, it’s a good thing for all of us.”