The FIA has confirmed it will attempt to use standing starts more often in wet races from next year.
The World Motor Sport Council confirmed “a new procedure regarding wet weather starts” has been accepted for introduction next year.
“From 2017, if a Safety Car is deemed to be required for the beginning of a race due to wet weather, a normal standing start will occur once the track is deemed safe to race,” it said in a statement. “The process will see the Safety Car return to the pit lane and the cars assemble on the grid for the start.”
This year’s races at Monaco and Silverstone started behind the Safety Car due to wet weather. Last year a standing start was used at every race.
2017 F1 season
- Stripping Verstappen of 2017 US podium was “one of the toughest decisions” – steward
- Sepang pays Haas compensation for Grosjean’s 2017 crash
- Williams revenues rose in 2017 after Bottas deal with Mercedes
- New kerbs at COTA in response to Verstappen’s corner-cutting
- Australian Grand Prix cost government £56 million last year