So, the Safety Car rules have been complicated yet again, with rather than getting to some semi-arbritrary ? time, the drivers will be driving to an 'estimated speed'.Brogan said:Instead of operating to a 'delta' time of 120% of a regular F1 lap before the cars form up behind the safety car, as under the old regulations, drivers will instead be forced to slow down to the actual estimated speed of the safety car itself.
The idea of slowing cars this much will be to ensure there is no possibility of a driver overtaking the safety car – as Lewis Hamilton did on the run out of the first corner at Valencia.
Drivers are due to conduct experiments with the new delta time after free practice at Silverstone on Friday and Saturday, with the new delta time being used for the first time in the race on Sunday unless any unforeseen major problems after thrown up beforehand.
The slower delta time will prevent drivers getting a benefit by being ahead of the safety car on road.
The FIA has also reacted to the problems drivers had of breaking the delta time in Valencia, after only finding out about the safety car towards the end of the lap, by making it clear that they will be exempt from the new safety car speed limit for the final 200 metres of the lap.
Of course, this has the potential to go wrong in many different ways (because it is stupid), primarily that an F1 car cannot catch a Safety Car it is going at the same speed as. Also, if a train forms behind the Safety Car this is illegal!
It is of course dangerous to have cars scattered around the track with marshalls trying to work, and would make the clean-up take much longer!
A solution? Since the race is neutralised, there would be no difference if the organisers elected to drop the red flag if an incident occured, getting the drivers to form up on the grid. To restart, just do one lap under SC and roll it. That means there is only a single lap of the race lost. [My plan does not include aggregation, I think you should overtake to pass someone!]
But it does not even need to be that drastic. The Safety Car rules caused few problems in the past before Formula One got too clever for its own good. I watched Safety Cars for 10 years, long before ? times were invented. I don't remember the level of recrimination or problem when Mika Hakkinen lined up behind the Safety Car!
The only problem in my experience with the Safety Car rules was the "pit lane closed" rule, but with no refuelling in F1 anymore, that rule now would be an utterly sensible way of acting, to stop the madness that killed Ferrari in Valencia.
I feel that the 2007