F1: No need to change Safety Car restart rule

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Formula 1 race director Michael Masi sees no reason to change the sport’s rules on Safety Car restarts following last weekend’s crash in the Tuscan Grand Prix.

Four drivers were eliminated in a pile-up during the race’s only Safety Car restart. The same four, plus eight others, were given formal warnings for their roles in the incident.

Several drivers called for changes to be made in response to the crash. However on Sunday evening Masi said: “I don’t think there’s any need to review the Safety Car restart rule.”

Several drivers said the timing of the decision to restart the race contributed to the crash, a view Masi rejected. Race leader Valtteri Bottas was in between Scarperia and Palagio – turns 10 and 11 – when the call to restart the race was given.

Masi said the usual procedure to initiate a restart was followed at Mugello.

“The first phase is that we advise all teams through the messaging system, which is also what’s seen on the graphics, that the Safety Car is in this lap,” Masi explained. “So that therefore prepares all of the teams to advise their drivers accordingly.

“From there, the next point is that – at a predetermined point at each circuit generally – the Safety Car boards are withdrawn, however the yellow flags continue to be displayed. Then, once the Safety Car is clear of the circuit, the yellow flags are withdrawn and the green flag is displayed at the control line only. And that’s really the phases of it.”

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