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F1 makes further tweaks to controversial restart rules

After the messy restart in the Australian Grand Prix in which drivers complained of lack of tyre grip, the rules were changed at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix for Safety Car restarts. Now a further tweak has been made for Miami.

The FIA has tweaked the rules for restarts behind the Safety Car again, following backlash from Formula 1 drivers after the Australian Grand Prix. The race, which featured a record three red flags, heard drivers complaining about the pace of the Safety Car and the subsequent lack of grip that led to the Turn 1 chaos at the final restart. It was decided at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix to tweak the rules to allow for an additional 30 seconds to build up behind the Safety Car, enabling drivers to run at their own speed and maintain tyre temperatures. This was a temporary rule for the weekend in Baku but will now be changed to 60 seconds rather than 30 seconds from the Miami GP, enabling the leader to have more flexibility on warming up tyres as they lead the field around.

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