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Posted on Sunday, October 20, 2013

What's it like to be the safety car driver?

When race direction deems that an event needs to be neutralised, the safety car is deployed onto the circuit. But being a Safety car driver involves more than leading the Formula 1 cars when incidents or weather conditions requires their presence. It’s a relentless coordination job in which catching up the leader, keeping the field together and allowing lapped cars to overtake are more than just commands. All must be done with accuracy at a speed which allows the racing tyres to remain at an […]

Posted on Tuesday, September 20, 2011

F1 Singapore and Mercedes Safety Car Preview

When it comes to planning race strategy, a key component is factoring in the probability of a Safety Car deployment. This is dependent on factors such as circuit layout, the ease of clearing an incident and predicted weather conditions. In Singapore, these factors come together to produce something close to a perfect storm: the Safety Car has appeared a total of five times in the three races held there since 2008. That means that the Mercedes SLS AMG is almost certain to make an appearance […]

Posted on Sunday, July 24, 2011

Mercedes has 'good relationship' with Vettel - Zetsche

Jul.24 (GMM) Michael Schumacher remains a top driver but Mercedes also has an eye on Sebastian Vettel.

The German marque's top brass Dieter Zetsche is at the Nurburgring this weekend where he was asked by Bild am Sonntag newspaper if Red Bull's Vette...

Posted on Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Safety Car! Safety Car!

The safety car is the 25th car of the Formula One grid, but what does it do exactly?