D the meeting was surprisingly scheduled, and it only took 30 minutes. Friday lunchtime at 3:30 p.m .: Bernie Ecclestone invited the 11 team bosses and FIA race director Charlie Whiting to an urgent meeting. It was about the racing format for the 2017 GP season. The TV broadcasters had sounded the alarm. They want a better show.
Bernie Ecclestone then fired one of his famous shots from the hip again. He proposed a race in 2 parts. Drive 40 minutes, take a 20-minute break, drive 40 minutes. During the break, the teams should be allowed to tweak the cars and the drivers should give interviews to the television.nd started
To cut a long story short: the proposal was rejected. Instead, a proposal from Force India for a new safety car regulation was nodded. It should now go through all the necessary decision-making bodies, but needs a unanimous vote because of the short lead time. What does Force India propose?
After every safety car there should be a standing start. If there is no safety car, everything stays the same. What's the idea behind it? The start is the most exciting moment of the race. The more often, the more exciting. It can't be rocket science to build clutches that can withstand multiple starts.
Ecclestone liked the idea. The other team bosses too. But the real test of the proposal will only come when there is a vote. The standing safety car has to be restarted by the strategy group, the Formula 1 Commission and the FIA World Council. Lots of hurdles in a short time.