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Report: Ecclestone says no to standing restarts in 2015

Jul 29, 2014, 9:49 AM EDT

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While standing restarts for 2015 had been confirmed a few weeks ago, Bernie Ecclestone has now said he’d like to see that change scrapped before it even enters Formula One.

Speaking to the German Auto Motor und Sport on a host of topics post-the Hungarian Grand Prix (article is in German but can be translated), Ecclestone said these won’t enter the regulations.

“There will be no standing start after a safety car phase,” Ecclestone said. “What we have seen in Budapest, was good enough.”

Although there’s been talk at the moment of reforming F1 further beyond the raft of changes that have entered the sport in 2014 – rumors persisted over the weekend that disgraced ex-Renault boss Flavio Briatore would be brought in to help improve the show – Ecclestone said the sport rather needs a bit of fine tuning.

“We just want to operate fine tuning. All the stupid and unnecessary rules that have been added in recent years, it should be no more,” he said.

He also praised the race organizers in Hungary, who didn’t need to call a single penalty during the wet-dry race.

Bernie’s not the only one suggesting common sense, it seems. NBC Sports Group F1 pit reporter and insider Will Buxton wrote a blog piece Monday – titled “New Coke” – noting that F1 is trying to fix problems that don’t currently exist and whereby could have the adverse effects of damaging the brand, much like New Coke did in the mid-1980s.

Both the AMUS and Buxton blogs are worth a read. The question now here is whether Ecclestone’s wishes can be overruled and the standing restarts overturned before they are set to be introduced next season.

  1. wallio - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    Well New Coke was done on purpose to distract people from the switch over to corn syrup, and to regain their market share from Pepsi when they reintroduced the now changed “Classic”: both of which it accomplished.

    I wonder what Bernie wants us to not notice (i.e what’s the “corn syrup”)? Double points? The V6s?

    • kitnamania13 - Jul 29, 2014 at 1:37 PM

      Kind of like how the NFL teases 18-game schedules, more playoff teams, and games abroad, only to pull back when the public decries it, thus shifting the focus from concussions, drugs, and suicide.

  2. kitnamania13 - Jul 29, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    I think standing restarts should be used, but only if the safety car was deployed during the first lap or two. In those instances, no driver would have a gap of more than 2 seconds anyways, so the shuffling of the deck wouldn’t be too unfair.

    What I don’t like is if a leader has earned a 20 second advantage, had that wiped out by the safety car, and then also has to deal with the uncertainty of a standing restart.

    The most important thing, though, is that the safety car only be deployed when absolutely necessary. It’s there for safety, not (eventual) entertainment.

  3. jezza819 - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    No to standing restarts? Very good Bernie. Now about this double points thing…..

  4. techmeister1 - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    Can you imagine how much carnage there would have been in Hungary if they used standing re-starts after the Safety Car?

    HELL NO we don’t want to injure more drivers with foolish standing starts nor see a deserving driver and/or team lose the championship over double points for the final race. If F1 racing is so boring that they need gimmicks to keep some clueless people watching, then these people are not actually interested in good racing anyway. They should tune in to CRASHCAR to see their demolition derby.

  5. chad4208 - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    Lose an advantage? That is part of racing however, I originally supported this….now after hearing the drivers and such…. Ehhhh… I just wish the rolling restarts weren’t so ragged. You have so much space between some cars and a very poorly defined restart area. It needs to be tightened up a bit. Not NASCAR close but not have some cars close and others multiple car lengths apart

  6. kando53 - Jul 30, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    Standing restarts was an idiotic idea, and Ecclestone is merely out to save his sorry @ss as F1 totalitarian, especially with his corruption case looming large.

  7. worknman24hours - Aug 2, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    Instead of hating on Bernie as is the usual for many here why not just say,Thanks Mr.Ecclestone for showing some common sense still rules in Formula One.

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