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F1: Changes made to wet weather starts

  • F1: Changes made to wet weather starts

    SPA, BELGIUM - AUGUST 28: Nico Rosberg of Germany driving the (6) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 WO7 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo leads Kimi Raikkonen of Finland driving the (7) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H Ferrari 059/5 turbo (Shell GP), Sebastian Vettel of Germany driving the (5) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H Ferrari 059/5 turbo (Shell GP), Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Red Bull Racing Red Bull-TAG Heuer RB12 TAG Heuer and the rest of the field at the start during the Formula One Grand Prix of Belgium at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on August 28, 2016 in Spa, Belgium (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Fans and commentators alike have been annoyed at several races this season when the race has been forced to start under the safety car due to heavy rain hitting the circuit when the race is due to get underway.

Instead of delaying the race start, officials have sent out the safety car and the drivers have lapped the track slowly until the rain has eased enough for the race to start safely.

However, those starts have simply seen the safety car called in and the drivers starting the race line astern giving the man at the front the perfect opportunity to pull away from the pack with ease.

This has basically robbed the fans of the action normally seen at the start of the race as drivers make the most of the opportunities presented to them to make up placeson the grid.

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The sport’s governing body, the FIA, has looked at this issue and has determined that they will be changing the way starts are made in wet weather conditions….

“From 2017, if a safety car is deemed to be required for the beginning of a race due to wet weather, a normal standing start will occur once the track is deemed safe to race. The process will see the safety car return to the pit lane and the cars assemble on the grid for the start.”

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