Reports: F1 teams agree to introduce standing restarts for 2017

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Formula 1 is set to introduce standing grid starts following each safety car period from the 2017 season following a meeting between team bosses and Bernie Ecclestone in Abu Dhabi, according to multiple reports.

In a bid to spice up the show and add excitement to races, officials have agreed to introduce a standing restart to races following safety car periods.

The idea was proposed for the 2015 season and even got approval from the FIA World Motor Sport Council before eventually being rolled back.

However, it now has support from both the F1 team bosses and F1 CEO Ecclestone following a meeting in Abu Dhabi, according to reports from a number of outlets including Autosport and Auto Motor und Sport.

The start is often regarded as being the most exciting part of each race, with the thinking being that the opportunity for multiple starts will get more fans tuning in.

The plan requires approval from the F1 Strategy Group and the F1 Commission, before then being ratified by the World Motor Sport Council at its next meeting in Vienna at the end of the month.

Haas F1 team boss Guenther Steiner told reporters in Abu Dhabi that he thought adding standing restarts would make races more interesting, and create more risk and reward for drivers.

“It spices the show up and that’s a good thing. We all love starts,” Steiner said, as quoted by Autosport.

“There is a risk, but when there is risk, there can be a reward. Some will win, some will lose.

“If the races are getting more interesting, it’s a good thing for all of us.”

The FIA has already approved plans to introduce standing restarts to wet races that begin behind the safety car, ensuring that viewers are not denied a grid start, as was the case in Brazil two weeks ago.