Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Safety Car Rule Criticised. Mid season change required

Jun.11 (GMM) Ron Dennis and Felipe Massa have called for the scrapping of F1's new safety car rules.The chaotic Canadian grand prix had to be neutralised no fewer than four times on Sunday, and McLaren boss Dennis hit out at the rule that now means the pit lane is closed for a lap after the safety car is deployed."It is one of those changes that was made for good reasons but has had too much of a repercussion on this race and will have on other races," he said.The rule was introduced so that drivers do not speed up after the safety car deployment to make a quick pit stop.Race winner Lewis Hamilton's McLaren teammate Fernando Alonso was one of the drivers seriously disadvantaged by the rule on Sunday, as he was forced to enter the 'closed' pit lane when our of fuel.He then had to serve a stop-go penalty.Dennis said: "I hope the FIA and the other teams will learn from today and that we can do a mid-season regulatory change to avoid penalising other drivers in the future because it could be anybody caught out by it."It just doesn't work for formula one."Felipe Massa and Giancarlo Fisichella, meanwhile, were black flagged for exiting the pits under a red light."What was I supposed to do?" Ferrari's Massa said."What sense does it make? Was I supposed to stay stopped while the race went on?"

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