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Standing safety car re-starts agreed by World Motorsport Council // FIA get together for 2015 rules discussion

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The FIA’s council met in Munich to discuss regulation tweaks for future Formula One seasons, with the most prominent being a change to the safety car restarts. From 2015, it will be a standing start from the grid, rather than the rolling restart we have today.

This has already had mixed response from drivers, with Daniel Ricciardo suggesting it’s “not the most fair idea” as you can lose a lot from a poor start. Championship leader Nico Rosberg dislikes it as it’s not pure racing, whilst Fernando Alonso says he’s tried both styles and doesn’t have a preference.

Other changes to the rules include increased clampdown on wind tunnel and track testing, as well as team curfews. Parc fermé conditions will apply from the start of Saturday practice rather than just qualifying, and the ban on tyre blankets will not come into effect. Drivers will be allowed four power units per season, and there are efforts in the technical regulations to make the noses more “aesthetically pleasing structures.”