Ought to F1 do extra to keep away from safety-car finishes? Our verdict

When Daniel Ricciardo’s McLaren parked on the observe edge with eight laps of the Italian Grand Prix to go and lead automobiles dashed for the pits, a reasonably muted Formulation 1 race appeared set to return alive with a spectacularly tense end.

As a substitute Max Verstappen trundled to a different victory within the security automobile’s wake.

Does Formulation 1 have to do extra to make sure safety-car finishes are averted? Or ought to we simply settle for them as motorsport actuality – and even preferable to what occurred in Abu Dhabi final 12 months?

And if a change is required, what ought to that change be?

Listed below are our writers’ ideas:

Pink flag and restart must be used extra usually

Glenn Freeman

Motor Racing Formula One World Championship Italian Grand Prix Race Day Monza, Italy

F1 ought to stay a sport first, and leisure second. However leisure must be a really shut second within the trendy period, and race finishes below security automobile circumstances belong in a previous period.

The answer is apparent and easy: if a state of affairs arises that requires a security automobile inside, for instance, the final 10 laps of a race, give race management the choice to pink flag the race to ensure we get a end below racing circumstances.

It doesn’t need to be a tough and quick rule, so if Ricciardo’s McLaren had parked proper in entrance of a niche within the limitations and was going to be simple to maneuver in time, and everybody was assured a fast security automobile interval would permit it to be taken care of, you follow that.

However on this case it was clear that Ricciardo was stopped in an ungainly place and worryingly near the tip of the race. It ought to have been a no brainer to pink flag the race and provides us a handful of laps of racing to the end.

I’m positive this received’t be the one entry to say Abu Dhabi 2021 (sigh), however this resolution would have additionally prevented that nonsense as properly. It’s short-sighted that F1 didn’t put one thing extra sturdy in place final winter.

Late pink flags could be completely synthetic

Gary Anderson

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It doesn’t matter what the FIA would have finished on the finish of the race, it might have been mistaken for somebody. Till Ricciardo retired, the race was enjoying out in direction of an finish end result that summarises the season to this point.

I feel it might be utterly synthetic to throw a pink flag if there’s a downside close to the tip of the race. Sure, a VSC would most likely have been ample this time however I feel the protection automobile was right as a result of there was a crane on the observe. All of us bear in mind Jules Bianchi’s accident and what occurs when immovable objects get hit by an F1 automobile.

Do we want adjustments sooner or later? Sure, there are lots of areas that want a revision.

To start with it may well’t be that troublesome for the protection automobile to choose up the chief. Choosing up third-placed George Russell have to be a bit embarrassing for the FIA.

And one different change is that if a security automobile is utilized in one thing just like the final 10% of the race then lapped automobiles instantly go behind the unlapped automobiles. That may begin to occur instantly and never after every thing else is sorted.

A Formulation E rule would clear up this

Scott Mitchell

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After final 12 months’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix controversy I advocated this: “Why not have a rule whereby if the protection automobile is on observe with 5 laps or X% of the grand prix remaining, a pink flag is required?”

I’ve by no means favored the concept that late security automobiles can utterly swing the result of a race. Why ought to somebody be rewarded for being to this point behind that they get a free pitstop and tyre change?

I nonetheless suppose that’s legitimate. But when it’s too difficult for no matter purpose, then there’s one thing I’ve watched with curiosity being launched in Formulation E during the last 12 months or in order that I feel F1 might make a variant of.

In FE (and apologies to these already conscious of this) there’s an ‘further time’ rule. For each minute spent behind the protection automobile or below full course yellow, 45 seconds will probably be added to the usual race time.

Now, this isn’t straight transferable. There will probably be variations in how an FE security automobile interval impacts usable power, for instance, versus the gas that an F1 automobile burns even throughout a warning. It’s potential that the present gas limits don’t permit it.

However within the British Touring Automotive Championship, as much as three laps behind the protection automobile might be added to the unique length of the race. Why can’t F1 do the identical?

At Monza, 53 laps with 110kg of gas is round 2kg/lap. So I want to know emphatically how a lot might be saved below a security automobile and what could be potential when it comes to extending the race distance.

And if there’s actually no manner that the present allowance might be stretched, let’s simply improve it. The automobiles are so, so heavy in the mean time as it’s, wouldn’t it harm if there was an additional 5kg of gas in initially? We wouldn’t even discover.

This reveals Masi was proper about one thing

Josh Suttill

Motor Racing Formula One World Championship Saudi Arabian Grand Prix Race Day Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Michael Masi rightly got here below fireplace for the way he dealt with security automobile restarts throughout his tenure as F1 race director.

He made a number of errors and the choice to take away him from that function was the proper one.

However the brand new race management regime could be smart to recollect a constructive competent of Masi’s time within the sizzling seat – his drive to ensure that races didn’t finish below the protection automobile.

Avoiding them ought to nonetheless be potential inside the guidelines however a Baku 2021-style resolution to a race like this might have elevated the spectacle of the grand prix with out artificially manufacturing it.

Do issues correctly and a brand new rule won’t be wanted

Matt Beer

Motor Racing Formula One World Championship Italian Grand Prix Race Day Monza, Italy

After the dash end in Baku final 12 months, I praised F1’s new enthusiasm for what I thought to be the slightly NASCAR idea of prioritising a end ‘below inexperienced’. And I’m nonetheless not offended by what occurred in Abu Dhabi six months later both.

However I do see why many have been enraged by the fumbling of procedures at Yas Marina, with guidelines round unlapping solely partially adopted. And it seems to be like there may need been a component of mismanagement at Monza.

May Ricciardo’s McLaren have been cleared in time for a implausible end had the protection automobile picked the sphere up faster (and extra precisely)? And was there scope for various choices to get the McLaren out of the way in which sooner? The early post-race rumblings from the paddock recommend that’s the case.

I’m nonetheless in favour of F1’s agreed method being to ensure races end below inexperienced at any time when potential and secure. However the place to begin for that – earlier than eager about concrete guidelines over pink flags and restarts inside a sure distance of the end – must be to ensure there aren’t any pointless delays in executing the procedures that exist already.

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