Standing starts after Safety Car periods set for green light

Standing starts after any safety car period is set to get the green light for 2017, after team bosses agreed the new rule in a meeting at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The standard system, which has been in operation from the very beginning has seen drivers in a single file rolling restart, or in the case of a wet weather race – starting behind the safety car.

It was confirmed earlier this season that if the race starts behind the safety car, racing would start after a standing start when the conditions were deemed to be safe to do so. It now looks like this rule could be extended to any safety car restart though, which brings into question debris at the end of the race, and durability of the tyres.

The rule will go to the World Motor Sport Council meeting on Wednesday, along with confirming the 2017 calendar which is expected to confirm the omission of Germany.

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