Mercedes have introduced new safety car and medical car models for the upcoming Formula 1 season.
Aston Martin will supply the safety and medical cars are more than 50% of the 2021 calendar.
Mercedes chief strategist James Vowles says the team relied on its unique Dual Axis Steering system more than ever to optimise its tyre performance in the cold conditions during the Eifel Grand Prix.
FIA race director Charlie Whiting says he isn’t convinced by F1 drivers’ requests to make the Safety Car faster.
FIA race director Charlie Whiting defended the decision to use the Safety Car during the Chinese Grand Prix following criticism from Sebastian Vettel.
You may be sick of the sight of it after Canada, nonetheless here’s a look at the F1 safety car.
Allianz has extended its Formula 1 sponsorship deal and will have its logos displayed on the safety and medical cars. The financial services company which specialises in insurance first became involved in F1 sponsorship through Williams in 2000. According to Allianz: An evaluation of various global sponsorship platforms and of Allianz?óÔé¼Ôäós activities over the past … Continue reading Allianz to sponsor safety car (Pictures)
F1 is to get a new safety car in 2010. Mercedes are to use their flagship SLS AMG sports car to lead the field when the track is neutralised during races this year. The company, which has supplied F1’s safety cars since 1996, has also used Michael Schumacher to promote the car in a video … Continue reading Mercedes SLS AMG to lead the pack as new F1 safety car in 2010 (Pictures)
Alianora la Canta’s rigorous analysis of the 2009 sporting rules turned up a surprising and un-announced change. The ‘pit lane closure’ rule has been dropped. The controversial rule required the pit lane to be declared closed at the beginning of a safety car period, and any driver who pitted during that time received a penalty. … Continue reading Drivers will not get penalties for pitting during a safety car period in 2009
Ferrari’s Luca di Montezemolo was not impressed by the role the safety car had to play in Singapore: When we race on tracks where staging a circus or something else would be better, anything can happen, because the spectacle is supplied by the Safety Car. This is humiliating for F1. Montezemolo may be sore about … Continue reading Luca di Montezemolo is right: F1’s safety car rules are humiliating for the sport
F1 is likely to have a new procedure in place for what drivers are supposed to do in the event of a safety car deployment in time for the next round at Magny-Cours. A trial of the new system will be held before the race. The plan is that, when the safety car is deployed, … Continue reading New safety car rules for French GP
There’s been an excellent discussion in the post on Nick Heidfeld’s misfortune in the Spanish Grand Prix about how the problematic safety car rules might be fixed. Part of the difficulty in finding a solution is how to safely slow down a pack of racing cars when the safety car is deployed. This video shows … Continue reading Video: the safety car rules danger
Two areas of the F1 rules have come in for criticism following the Australian and Malaysian Grand Prix. The qualifying format is under fire following the incident involving Heikki Kovalainen and Lewis Hamilton in Sepang. And the safety car rules are being examined after several drivers were disadvantaged by them in Melbourne. Happily, both these … Continue reading Two good reasons to ban refuelling
Heading into the first Grand Prix no-one can claim for certain they’re going to win a race this year. But Mercedes can guarantee they’ll lead one – because they provide the safety car. There’s a brand new safety car this year based on the SL 63 AMG. See below for high-resolution pictures.