In the ever-changing world that is the Formula One rule book, 2015 will see a bevy of new tweaks. The most notable, besides the absurd inclusion of titanium skidplates, is the introduction of standing restarts following safety car periods.

The full rule change, which will be implemented for the 2015 F1 season reads:

"Safety Car restarts will now be a standing start from the grid. Standing starts will not be carried out if the Safety Car is used within two laps of the start (or restart) of a race or if there are less than five laps of the race remaining."

According to F1 bosses, this is being done to increase excitement. It'll be exciting alright, interrupting the flow of the race by bringing the cars to a halt instead of just letting them get on with the business of racing.

More troubling, though, is that this new move seems to fly in the face of common sense in regards to safety. The first corner of a track following the start is the single most dangerous part of a race, as nearly two dozen fragile, bumper-less, 750-horsepower racecars jockey for position. So now, when there's a wreck that's bad enough to bring out the safety car, we're going to immediately follow that with a situation that can lead to more carnage...

The opinions of the drivers, meanwhile, remain mixed. Some, like Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, are impartial to the move, while Mercedes-AMG's Nico Rosberg wasn't in favor of the implementation. Daniel Riccardo, at Red Bull, offered perhaps the most balanced opinion, calling standing starts more exciting but less fair.

What are your thoughts on this latest rule change from the FIA? Do you support it, or should the safety car just get out of the way and let the race get going again? Have your say in Comments. You can also scroll down for the full announcement regarding changes for 2015, from the FIA.
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FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Changes to the F1 Regulations for 2015 have been agreed by the WMSC.

The last date at which the sporting and technical regulations can be changed without unanimous agreement has been changed from 30 June to 1 March each year, starting from 2015.

Changes to 2015 Sporting Regulations
Power units
- The number of engines permitted by each driver in a season will be four. However, if there are more than 20 races in a season, the number will increase to five.
- The penalty for a complete change of Power Unit will be starting from the back of the grid, not the pit lane.

Aerodynamic testing
- The number of wind tunnel runs will be reduced from 80 hours per week to 65 hours per week.
- Wind-on hours are to be reduced from 30 hours per week to 25 hours.
- Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) usage is to be reduced from 30 Teraflops to 25 Teraflops.
- Two periods of tunnel occupancy will be allowed in one day (rather than only one).
- Teams will only be able to nominate one wind tunnel in one year.

Testing
- There will be three pre-season tests of four days each in Europe in 2015 (currently teams are able to test outside Europe). This will be reduced to two tests of four days in 2016.
- There will be two in-season tests of two days each in Europe (instead of the current four). Two of these four days must be reserved for young drivers.

Car specification at an Event
The current restrictions to the parc ferme will now apply from the start of P3 instead of the start of qualifying.

Wheels and tyres
The [proposed] ban on tyre blankets will be rescinded for 2015. This will be re-discussed if and when the wheel and tyre diameter increases in the future.

Personnel Curfew
The Friday night curfew will be extended from six to seven hours in 2015 and will increase to eight hours in 2016.

Safety Car restarts
Safety Car restarts will now be a standing start from the grid. Standing starts will not be carried out if the Safety Car is used within two laps of the start (or restart) of a race or if there are less than five laps of the race remaining.

Changes to 2015 Technical Regulations
A number of changes have been made, including:
- A number of new regulations for the noses to ensure improved safety and to provide more aesthetically pleasing structures.
- A number of new regulations concerning skid blocks to ensure that they are made from a lighter material (titanium) and are better contained.
- New regulations to ensure that the brake discs rotate at the same speed as the wheels.
- A two-stage wheel fastener retaining system is now compulsory.


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      Chayil
      • 1 Year Ago
      As F1 continues to move towards a NASCAR/WWF format where the "show" is more important than the racing, those of us who love F1 are watching F1 die right before our eyes. If F1 wants a "show", then allow technical excellence drive the sport. Bring back an equivalency formula where teams can run any type of engine they desire whether N/A or turbocharged. Mix up the field with interesting engine sounds. Allow more experimentation with designs that differentiate the cars. And, allow more real world testing rather than using legions of computer geeks and simulations. This current formula and set of rules is ruining the sport. Not allowing engine companies to improve their designs throughout the season will give us years and years of one team domination like we have this year.
        edward.stallings
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Chayil
        "continues to move towards" - No, it has been a show for a long time now. Racing as we nostalgize about has been gone for a long time.
      billwulff
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ring master Eccelstone, of the modern circus known as F1, introduced prematurely degrading tires to a sport that pretends to use technology to improve racing. Now the standing start after a safety car. These are two examples of how to make things more exciting. How about we just sacrifice a virgin or some other nonsensical, non racing thing to boost viewers and thus the bottom line.
      TrippulG3
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ah, the good ol' FIA...continuing to provide answers to questions that nobody has asked.
      Andyz
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is up there with one of the most idiotic things the FIA can do, so red hot hybrid F1 cars are going to all line up and sit on the grid, motors running or off, either way it destroy some cars, degraded tires cooling down and bunching an open field (which I agree the safety car does anyway), but a standing start...yes exciting but definitely not fair....there will be a whole lot of I could have one if it wasn't for this.....let them race
      blueingreen66
      • 1 Year Ago
      Apparently no one in F1 has ever seen a Nascar race and noticed how many accidents follow a double file ROLLING restart. It happens in part because everybody is fighting for points. So it will be interesting to see late race re-starts, when everyone in F1 is fighting for points lead to big accidents, red flags, and time running out before all the laps are complete. It will be interesting as well to see how the engineers keep cars from overheating when they reform on the grid.
      Donn Souliyadeth
      • 1 Year Ago
      Bring back refueling!!!!
      john
      • 1 Year Ago
      They are turning F1 into a circus. Quit with the stunts and let them race.
      LW
      • 1 Year Ago
      they should have standing restart with each car going off based on the time they were behind the leader at the time the safety car came out. As soon as the safety car pulls out, all the cars should drive up to the grid and wait for the restart, so there will be no pits while under safety caution.
      Doctor
      • 1 Year Ago
      ...and give the drivers a 15 minute coffee break before the restart Mr. Ecclestone, while you are at it! Have you named Vince McMahon as your successor yet?
      RUNRUNRUN@ilikeelectronics.com
      Ala, poor F1, I knew you well. R.I.P.
      ksrcm
      • 1 Year Ago
      Dude ... leave them alone. You were already screwing with guys who took significant risks to get even 5 seconds ahead when deploying safety car. Want excitement? Mandate sprinklers on every FIA sanctioned F1 track. Computer controlled. Once deployed, no human knows if it will rain, nor how long or how many times during the race. There, you introduced the entertainment AND the equalizer. Now you can also remove stupid money limits and let them create proper race cars.
      wizzells
      • 1 Year Ago
      The real question is, how many accidents will be caused by this with drivers dive bombing into turn 1 at (insert track name here). I have given up on F1. After faithfully supporting it for many years, I've only seen 1 race this year, and it didn't leave me wanting more.
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