FIA dismisses standing F1 restart dangers

The FIA has dismissed Formula 1 drivers’ safety concerns about the introduction of standing restarts following safety car periods.

But F1 race director Charlie Whiting said ahead of the British Grand Prix that all the indications are that there will be no major issue when the new rule comes in to force.

“There were two things drivers were concerned about – one was fairness and that being a leader he is more likely to lose his lead from a standing start than a rolling start. But whether that is true or not, I am not quite sure.

“Equally, if you are in second place you might like the idea of taking a lead which you might not do with a rolling start.

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