Steiner recommends 'restart zone' to avoid rolling start crashes

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Steiner recommends 'restart zone' to avoid rolling start crashes

Haas boss Guenther Steiner believes the designation of a 'restart zone' at F1 tracks could minimize the risks of a repeat of the mayhem that occurred at the restart of the Tuscan Grand Prix.

At Mugello, Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas was leading the field into a rolling start when several mid-field drivers picked up the pace prematurely only to slow and produce a concertina effect that resulted in several collisions that eliminated four cars.

A NASCAR-style restart zone, where the leading driver must accelerate to gradually speed up the field, could be a viable solution for F1 in the future according to Steiner.

"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."

  • Read also: Masi hits back at claims Mugello restart compromised safety

Following the events that unfolded at Mugello, FIA race director Michael Masi insisted the responsibility for the chaotic restart laid with the driver and not the current procedure.

But Haas' Kevin Magnussen who was part of the tumultuous clash at Mugello believes a change of process is in order.

"I think the crash happened because some drivers in front of me tried to make a slingshot to gain momentum at the restart crossing the line," said the Dane.

"They opened the gap and accelerated and then realized they had to brake again, which then kicked off the chain reaction down the field. It eventually led to some people not being able to react.

"That's really what happened. The solution has to be a change to the restart procedure otherwise I think it will happen again."

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Albon confesses to 'tragic' maiden podium celebration

Alex Albon captured his overdue first career podium in F1 at the Tuscan Grand Prix at Mugello, but... The post Albon confesses to 'tragic' maiden podium celebration appeared first on F1i.com.

Albon confesses to 'tragic' maiden podium celebration

Alex Albon captured his overdue first career podium in F1 at the Tuscan Grand Prix at Mugello, but the Red Bull charger admits the aftermath of his achievement was anything but festive.

Albon indulged in the ritual masked champagne spraying at Mugello, flanked by race winner Lewis Hamilton and runner-up Valtteri Bottas.

But that was the full extent of the 24-year-old's merrymaking, with no outrageous after-party to prolong his jubilation.

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"I had a candlelit dinner for one," Albon told F1 Nation's Tom Clarkson. "I literally treated myself to a T-bone steak and a tiramisu, and then I went to bed. It was quite tragic.

"We had to do a filming day at a go kart track on the Monday, so I had to stay over in Italy.

"I was at the hotel which I was staying in all weekend at Mugello… and I was completely alone… Actually, there was a couple next to me, who didn't even know me!"

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While there was no glitzy post-race gala for the British-Thai driver, the neglect took nothing away from a job well done in Italy, and a result that came at just the right time.

"It feels good – honestly, I'm happy," he said. "We had a couple of chances to get this podium, and definitely I would have liked it to have happened sooner than it did, but it's nice.

"It was a nice time to happen as well if I'm honest, because there's been a lot of talk and everything.

"I would say it was one of my better drives," he added. It's been my Achilles' heel a little bit, Saturdays with this car.

"But as... the updates have come along to the car, Saturdays have been feeling better and better, and I've been feeling a bit more confident and in tune with the car, which has made the Sundays better as well. But Mugello was a really good race."

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