Stand­ing start change gets the green light

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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.”

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