F1 set to abandon controversial safety car restart rule

F1 Safety Car board

Formula One is set to abandon its controversial new safety car restart rules, according to a report in the German media.

Under the new rules, cars would form up on the grid at the end of a safety car period and restart in the same manner as they do when a grand prix begins.

This has garnered significant criticism from both fans and those involved in the sport, with the re-jigged rule seen as gimmicky, unfair on the drivers, and potentially dangerous. 

But according to Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport, F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone no longer supports the change, making it likely that it will be dropped before coming to fruition.

"There will be no standing start after a safety car phase," Ecclestone told AMuS. "What we have seen in Budapest was good enough."

The 83-year-old was reportedly thrilled with what he witnessed at the Hungarian Grand Prix, describing it as an “incredible race”.

Ecclestone also denied claims that former Benetton and Renault boss Flavio Briatore will be brought in to help F1 spice up the show. Briatore has not been involved with the sport since receiving a ban for his role in the 2008 ‘Crashgate’ scandal.