Standing restart proposal came from McLaren - Whiting
McLaren was involved in initial plans to introduce standing restarts after safety cars next year.
The proposal has now passed through the FIA's World Motor Sport Council and will be introduced for the 2015 season, seeing cars line up on the grid for a standing start after a safety car period. FIA race director Charlie Whiting said the idea, which has not been universally popular among drivers and fans but received the backing of the teams, was first thought up during talks with a member of McLaren.
"Standing restart is something that I was involved in personally," Whiting told the official website for the Russian Grand Prix. "I was talking to someone at McLaren and we came up with this idea how to make the show a bit better. When you watch a race, what is the most exciting part of the race? The start. So, why not have a second one? It makes sense."
Whiting rejects suggestions that the restarts will be dangerous and believes the added action will outweigh the negatives.
"Of course, it offends some people because it's not pure racing. It's been done for the show. Some people were even silly enough to say it's dangerous. Well, if it's dangerous, you wouldn't even have the start of the race, would you? I understand why some people might think it's too false as it's not what normally happens. But why not? I can't see any downside to it.
"It will provide more excitement; you seldom get any changes of position at a rolling restart, so this might provide an opportunity for changes in position. Some drivers may be worried of losing their lead, but then again other drivers might get a chance to gain something from it. I think it's an interesting idea. It's been approved. Now we've got to work on making it work."