Formula One will impose tougher rules intended to prevent drivers from jumping the start of races from the 2018 F1 season.
Revised rules for next year will specifically forbid drivers from positioning their cars in order to recognise whether the car has moved too soon.
The rewriting of the rules follows the controversy in this year’s Austrian Grand Prix where Valtteri Bottas was accused of anticipating the moment the lights would go out and starting early. Sebastian Vettel, who started alongside the Mercedes driver, said he “didn’t believe” Bottas had reacted to the lights going out in 0.201 seconds.
The penalties available to the stewards if a driver is judged to have jumped the start remain the same. Articles 38.3 (c) and (d) state drivers may be given a drive-through penalty or a ten-second stop-and-go time penalty for jumping the start.
Only one driver has been penalised for jumping the start since the beginning of 2013. This was Marcus Ericsson in the 2015 Austrian Grand Prix.
New jump start rule for 2018
Either of the penalties under Articles 38.3c) or d) will be imposed for a false start judged using an FIA supplied transponder which must be fitted to the car as specified.
Either of the penalties under Articles 38.3c) or d) will be imposed on any driver who is judged to have:
a) Moved before the start signal is given, such judgement being made by an FIA approved and supplied transponder fitted to each car, or;
b) Positioned his car on the starting grid in such a way that the transponder is unable to detect the moment at which the car first moved from its grid position after the start signal is given.
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