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Possible change to unsafe release penalties

Whilst Formula One teams may not have been able to come to a unanimous agreement over the use of FRIC suspension systems they are likely to agree this potential change.

The Formula One teams would like to relax the penalties handed out to teams who are punished for an unsafe release from a pit-stop.

The current penalties were brought into place following a pit-lance incident last season which saw a wheel hit a cameraman during the German Grand Prix.

The current penalty for this happening is a 10-place grid penalty for the following race.

The most recent driver to suffer the penalty was Sauber's Esteban Gutierrez. In his case the team spotted the error before he left the pit-lane, however he was given an in-race five-second stop-go penalty in Austria and then a 10-place grid penalty in Britain.

Two penalties for an incident that was out of the hands of the driver.

Formula One bosses appear to be in agreement that a tweak needs to be made and discussions are likely to take place over the summer break.

'A realistic target for a change would be the Belgian Grand Prix,' an FIA source told Autosport Magazine.








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Date:Thursday July 17 2014

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