Formula One To Use Standing Race Restarts From Grid In 2015
Safety car periods "will be followed by standing race restarts from the grid next season," according to Alan Baldwin of REUTERS. The measure, which replaces rolling restarts, "is aimed at making grands prix more exciting but has been criticised by some drivers." Mercedes' Nico Rosberg said, "I understand the start is one of the most exciting times for the fans but it sounds very extreme and I hope it's not going to be done. It's going too far with things." Other changes include measures "to reduce costs in areas such as testing and design and to make cars more attractive than the current 'ugly-nosed' ones." Three preseason tests of four days each will be scheduled in '15 and restricted to Europe, "ruling out more costly excursions to Bahrain." In '16 this will be "reduced to two tests of four days each." There "will also be two in-season tests of two days each, also in Europe, with two of the four days reserved for young drivers." Wind tunnel testing will be limited to 65 hours a week, from 80, and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) usage reduced (REUTERS, 6/26).