The formula one strategy group met on Thursday to discuss a number of sporting topics, one of those on the agenda was ‘wet standing starts’.
At a wet Silverstone round of this years championship, the race was started behind the safety car. This was met with accusations within the media and from the pit lane, suggesting that the FIA ‘robbed’ us of racing action at the start of the race. What strengthened this thinking was the fact that; as soon as the safety car pulled into the pits to let the field “go green”, a lot of cars poured into the pit lane for the intermediate tyres. Hardly that wet then one could argue?
The plan for a standing start was first floated last week, which would mean the safety car pulling into the pits as it does now. However instead of releasing the cars to race straight away, the cars would form on the grid to take their original starting positions for a standing start. Also ratified within this rule ‘tweak’, is that drivers wouldn’t be allowed to enter the pit lane under safety car conditions. This would force the drivers to complete the standing start, then pit for intermediates for example on that lap.
When asked by Motorsport.com about the new wet standing start idea, Lewis was in favour of the idea.
“It could be quite good,” said the world champion. “In Silverstone 2008 we started in the wet, and it was heavy.
“I think we were on intermediates, but it was still pretty wet. A wet start is exciting, just as exciting as a dry start, if not more. I’m all for that.”
Race start procedures are laid out in the regulations, however certain rules can be ‘tweaked’ and implemented straight away. However if the FIA choose to put this ruling within the rules, they will be required to vote on this in front of the F1 Commission and FIA World Motor Sport Council.