The controversial system of closing the pitlane during safety car periods could come to an end if the FIA adopts an alternative that is being trialled by the Formula 1 teams.
The system was introduced in 2007 to deter drivers from speeding back to the pits, but several have since received stop-go penalties after they were forced to refuel when the pitlane was closed. Pressure has been mounting for a change, and now the FIA’s Sporting Working Group has come up with a possible solution.
The new system uses the ECU to send a signal to drivers when the safety car comes out. They acknowledge receipt by pressing a button that switches to a safety car map. For the rest of the lap the driver is given a minimum sector time which he has to keep above. Under the system the pitlane would stay open for drivers to refuel as they wish.