Formula 1 should consider using placing ‘restart zones’ at circuits to prevent a repeat of the crash which eliminated four drivers from the last race, says Haas team principal Guenther Steiner.Valtteri Bottas was not at fault for the crash which occured on the approach to the starting line during a restart. However 12 drivers were warned over their “inconsistent application of throttle and brake” which was found to be a contributing factor in the race-stopping pile-up.
Haas driver Kevin Magnussen, whose was ended in the crash, was among those given a formal warning over the incident. Steiner, his team principal, believes restart zones similar to those used in NASCAR could help drivers better judge when a restart is likely to begin.
NASCAR tracks have designated zones ahead of the starting line which are used to regulate restarts. When a race restart is called, the leader is required to begin accelerating to racing speeds within the indicated zone.
“The restart line was far down the straight at Mugello and some people obviously took a chance and tried to have a run at it,” said Steiner. “I don’t think anybody did anything wrong, I fully agree with that one, it was just circumstances.
“Going forward, to avoid these things, I think we need to look at where to put the restart line and maybe also think about a restart zone. I’m not an expert in these things, but other series do it like that to avoid these things from happening. I think it’s worthwhile to look into it, but I’m sure it’ll come up on the agenda of the sporting working group.”
However FIA Formula 1 race director Michael Masi indicated the sport is not looking at introducing anything similar to NASCAR’s restart zones. “I don’t think so, but never say never to anything,” he said.
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