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
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Drivers Nico Rosberg
Author Ben Anderson
Why McLaren doesn’t doubt Ricciardo can escape his ‘dark’ place Plus

Why McLaren doesn’t doubt Ricciardo can escape his ‘dark’ place

Three points finishes from as many starts represents a decent opening innings on paper, but Daniel Ricciardo has endured a tough start to his McLaren career - only magnified his team-mate's excellent form. Yet both he and the team have good reason to expect a turnaround soon

Formula 1
May 6, 2021
What needs to “change” for Red Bull is ending Verstappen’s errors Plus

What needs to “change” for Red Bull is ending Verstappen’s errors

OPINION: Going up against the dominant force of Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton was always going to demand the best from Red Bull and Max Verstappen. But after making a couple more errors during the Portuguese Grand Prix, the Dutch driver showed there's a small gap he still needs to close in the 2021 Formula 1 title fight

Formula 1
May 5, 2021
The "subtle" Red Bull upgrades that kept it in the Portugal F1 mix Plus

The "subtle" Red Bull upgrades that kept it in the Portugal F1 mix

Red Bull's Portuguese Grand Prix fortunes were decidedly second best to Mercedes', but the result skews the potential that the team had at Portimao. With a new set of updates, the team looks good going forward into the rest of 2021's spicy F1 competition

Formula 1
May 3, 2021
Portuguese Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

Portuguese Grand Prix Driver Ratings

The 2021 Portuguese GP will for several drivers go down as a weekend of missed opportunities amid imperfect track conditions that caused struggles with tyre warmup. But the performances of a select few stood out from the crowd

Formula 1
May 3, 2021
How Hamilton took a “completely different journey” to Portugal victory Plus

How Hamilton took a “completely different journey” to Portugal victory

Just as he did in 2020, Lewis Hamilton had to come from behind to win the 2021 Portuguese Grand Prix. Only this time there were two rivals he had to pass, among the several challenges he had to overcome, on his way to securing a 97th grand prix victory

Formula 1
May 3, 2021
The ‘big fish’ mentality that kept an Australian legend winning Plus

The ‘big fish’ mentality that kept an Australian legend winning

Frank Gardner was the veteran of just eight grand prix starts. It could have been more, but why waste his talent if the cars weren't up to it? NIGEL ROEBUCK recalls the life of one of racing's great characters

Formula 1
May 2, 2021
Why Todt’s FIA successor could be cut from the same cloth Plus

Why Todt’s FIA successor could be cut from the same cloth

Jean Todt has signalled that he will not stand for re-election as FIA president. MARK GALLAGHER analyses the strong credentials of one potential successor…

Formula 1
May 1, 2021
The data that leaves both Red Bull and Mercedes uncertain of supremacy at Portimao Plus

The data that leaves both Red Bull and Mercedes uncertain of supremacy at Portimao

Lewis Hamilton topped the crucial FP2 session on Friday as F1 returned to Portugal, but his Mercedes team cannot be sure it has the edge on its Red Bull rivals. As cool temperatures and wind combine with the still-slippery surface to present drivers with quandaries over set-up and tyre warmup, there's still everything to play for come qualifying

Formula 1
Apr 30, 2021