Verstappen’s Safety Car restart tactic is banned

Verstappen’s Safety Car restart tactic is banned

Max Verstappen will want a brand new tactic for Security Automotive restarts now the FIA has blocked drivers from transferring alongside one other automotive.

When the Security Automotive is readying to return to the pit lane and permit racing to renew, sufficient of a spot have to be created between the Security Automotive and the lead driver to permit it sufficient time to get again to the pits.

In fact, it’s critical then for the chief to completely time the second they get the facility down and resume their race, the identical true for the next pack with no driver wanting to finish up on the again foot.

And as we noticed on the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, adopted by the 2022 Bahrain and Saudi Arabian GPs, all three of which featured a Security Automotive interval, Verstappen likes to maneuver alongside the lead automotive within the build-up to the restart.

However now he’ll now not be capable of do this after the race director on the Australian Grand Prix, Niels Wittich, issued a diagram clearly displaying what is going to and won’t be accepted at a Security Automotive restart.

Because the picture reveals, it’ll now not be permitted for 2 automobiles to be alongside and shut to one another at a restart, nor will having even half a automotive size alongside the opposite automotive.

If the automotive is just not straight following one other however is out of its slipstream, the next automotive should not have any half alongside the one forward.


For Verstappen, all focus is after all now on the race in Australia, the place he has given himself a robust probability of creating it back-to-back wins by qualifying P2.

He achieved that place on the entrance row regardless of feeling removed from snug behind the wheel of the RB18.

Requested on monitor by Johnny Herbert for his speedy response to qualifying P2, Verstappen replied: “Not good. I didn’t actually really feel good within the automotive the entire weekend thus far.

“I believe there’s not been one lap once I really felt assured, so a little bit of a wrestle.

“In fact, second continues to be a great consequence, however simply not feeling that nice to go to the restrict. We’ll attempt to analyse it.

“In all probability within the race tempo every thing stabilises a bit, however for me this weekend thus far it’s been far and wide. I believe additionally as a workforce we would like extra.”



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