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2014-07-04 10:28

GRID RESTART CONTROVERSY: Despite teams' and drivers' concern about grid restarts in 2015 race director Charlie Whiting believes the proposal will help drivers. Image: AFP / Andrew Yates.

LONDON, England - Formula 1 race director Charlie Whiting has played down concerns about grid restarts in 2015.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo said earlier in July 2014: "We (drivers) all pretty much disagreed (with the proposal) as far as I am aware."

Nonetheless, to spice up the show for a diminishing TV audiences, races will re-start from the grid after pace-car periods in 2015. Drivers believe, however, that they could be unfair - and unsafe.


The International Automobile Federation's Whiting, however, said he was not convinced they were unfair on the race leader. He explained: "If you're second you might actually like the idea of being able to take the lead, which you probably wouldn't do in a rolling start."

Whiting also said he was unmoved by the suggestion that the grid would be more dangerous than a rolling restart, insisting "no driver wants that (crashes) to happen and no driver will cause it to happen".

Whiting said: "First of all it has to be remembered that this was the suggestion from a team. I put it to the rest of the teams and they all agreed that it was a good idea. The teams were 100% behind it."


Whiting also told reporters (July 3 2014) that efforts to turn up the noise of the turbo V6 engines was continuing. It's believed Ferrari is testing a sort of 'double' exhaust at its Maranello plant after the failure of Mercedes' 'megaphone' solution.

According to Italy's Autosprint, Whiting said anything that had "an impact on performance" would not be given the green light: "These cars are quiet but is it really a problem?"

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