Pirelli also have concerns over standing restarts

The grid could become a very busy place during a grand prix

The grid could become a very busy place during a grand prix

Formula 1 tyre supplier Pirelli has raised its concerns about Formula 1’s new standing restart rule for 2015,  joining a growing chorus of discontent over the plan.

With the move already controversial among the sport’s fans, top drivers have also raised their voices at the prospect of forming up for grid re-starts after Safety Car periods next year.

“We all pretty much disagreed as far as I am aware,” Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo, revealing widespread dislike for the innovation among his racing peers, said on Tuesday.

Team bosses have also raised their eyebrows, even though Force India chief Bob Fernley admitted to the Indian news agency PTI this week that the move will “improve the show”.

But Paul Hembery, Pirelli’s Formula 1 boss, is concerned about the technical impact of forcing cars to come to a halt on the grid mid-race.

“Every time you stop the cars,” he is quoted by Autosprint, “we see a lot of blowers in use. It is not only the tyres that will lose temperature, but we have cars that easily overheat.”

Drivers have also not warmed to the idea, with Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo saying, “I don’t like the idea of standing re-starts. If you’re leading by 20 seconds, you lose it when a Safety Car comes out which is firstly a big disadvantage,” he explained.

“And then by putting in a standing re-start, anything could happen – not just an accident but a poor start when you drop from first to fourth because you’re using tyres which could be very old,” added Ricciardo. (GMM)