New Formula 1 grand prix start rules 'a big change' - Nico Rosberg

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg reckons revised rules regarding starting clutch procedures in Formula 1, set for introduction at next month's Belgian Grand Prix, will make race starts more unpredictable

New Formula 1 grand prix start rules 'a big change' - Nico Rosberg

The FIA issued a technical directive to teams on July 9, detailing measures to reduce the influence of the pitwall on how F1 drivers operate their cars at the start of races.

Details of new start limits revealed

Rosberg reckons the new rules will increase the chances of the competitive order changing on the opening laps of races, because reduced radio communication and help from teams with clutch settings will lead to drivers making more mistakes.

When quizzed about the revised rules during a promotional event for Mercedes' technical partner Petronas, Rosberg said: "It's going to be a challenge, it really is, because up to now it was so controlled by the engineers, who were doing the settings and everything.

"Now, to be completely on your own, it's a big change, so it will be interesting.

"It'll be easy to do it, but it will be complex to do it well."

Rosberg and Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton locked out the front row for the recent British GP, but slipped behind both Williams drivers after both made poor getaways.

The German said Mercedes' poor starts at Silverstone were the result of low grip on the grid and imperfect clutch settings, and that the chances of a repeat will increase when the new rules come into force next month.

"We had a few things that surprised us [at Silverstone], for example the grip on the starting grid and then the grip that our clutch had was a bit of a surprise due to some variable that happened earlier," he added.

"We didn't do a perfect job.

"More of that will happen [with the new rules], because there will be more variables and it will be more difficult to predict."

Rosberg beat title rival Hamilton away from the startline convincingly at June's Austrian GP, and he thinks the new regulations will increase his chances of developing an advantage over his team-mate.

"I like it [the change] because it gives me the opportunity to try and beat Lewis in that area," he said.

"Whereas until now it's difficult because it was not really in the driver's hands."

shares
comments
Jenson Button believes F1 summer break will help McLaren-Honda
Previous article

Jenson Button believes F1 summer break will help McLaren-Honda

Next article

Piercarlo Ghinzani to auction his collection of old Formula 1 cars

Piercarlo Ghinzani to auction his collection of old Formula 1 cars
Assessing Hamilton's remarkable decade as a Mercedes F1 driver Plus

Assessing Hamilton's remarkable decade as a Mercedes F1 driver

Many doubted Lewis Hamilton’s move from McLaren to Mercedes for the 2013 Formula 1 season. But the journey he’s been on since has taken the Briton to new heights - and to a further six world championship titles

Why new look Haas is a litmus test for Formula 1’s new era Plus

Why new look Haas is a litmus test for Formula 1’s new era

OPINION: With teams outside the top three having struggled in Formula 1 in recent seasons, the rules changes introduced in 2022 should have more of an impact this season. How well Haas does, as the poster child for the kind of team that F1 wanted to be able to challenge at the front, is crucial

The Mercedes F1 pressure changes under 10 years of Toto Wolff Plus

The Mercedes F1 pressure changes under 10 years of Toto Wolff

OPINION: Although the central building blocks for Mercedes’ recent, long-lasting Formula 1 success were installed before he joined the team, Toto Wolff has been instrumental in ensuring it maximised its finally-realised potential after years of underachievement. The 10-year anniversary of Wolff joining Mercedes marks the perfect time to assess his work

Formula 1
Feb 1, 2023
The all-French F1 partnership that Ocon and Gasly hope to emulate Plus

The all-French F1 partnership that Ocon and Gasly hope to emulate

Alpine’s signing of Pierre Gasly alongside Esteban Ocon revives memories of a famous all-French line-up, albeit in the red of Ferrari, for BEN EDWARDS. Can the former AlphaTauri man's arrival help the French team on its path back to winning ways in a tribute act to the Prancing Horse's title-winning 1983?

Formula 1
Jan 31, 2023
How do the best races of F1 2022 stack up to 2021? Plus

How do the best races of F1 2022 stack up to 2021?

OPINION: A system to score all the grands prix from the past two seasons produces some interesting results and sets a standard that 2023 should surely exceed

Formula 1
Jan 31, 2023
Who were the fastest drivers in F1 2022? Plus

Who were the fastest drivers in F1 2022?

Who was the fastest driver in 2022? Everyone has an opinion, but what does the stopwatch say? Obviously, differing car performance has an effect on ultimate laptime – but it’s the relative speed of each car/driver package that’s fascinating and enlightening says ALEX KALINAUCKAS

Formula 1
Jan 30, 2023
Why F1's nearly man is refreshed and ready for his return Plus

Why F1's nearly man is refreshed and ready for his return

He has more starts without a podium than anyone else in Formula 1 world championship history, but Nico Hulkenberg is back for one more shot with Haas. After spending three years on the sidelines, the revitalised German is aiming to prove to his new team what the F1 grid has been missing

Formula 1
Jan 29, 2023
The potential-laden F1 car that Ferrari neglected Plus

The potential-laden F1 car that Ferrari neglected

The late Mauro Forghieri played a key role in Ferrari’s mid-1960s turnaround, says STUART CODLING, and his pretty, intricate 1512 was among the most evocative cars of the 1.5-litre era. But a victim of priorities as Formula 1 was deemed less lucrative than success in sportscars, its true potential was never seen in period

Formula 1
Jan 28, 2023