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Safety Car Start Robs British Grand Prix of Potential Drama and Excitement

After experimenting with standing starts in 2013 and 2014, IndyCar reverted exclusively to safer rolling starts in 2015. Formula One, in contrast, has always used standing starts. That said, there have been a handful of exceptions—including Sunday's British Grand Prix—where the track was deemed too wet and races started behind the safety car. The decision to start the British Grand Prix behind the safety car made the race more predictable and robbed the event of much of its drama and excitement. One of The Sun's headlines called it the "dullest launch in history." As the race began (sort of), Sky Sports' David Croft informed viewers that it was just the 11th time in F1 history that a grand prix had started behind a safety c...

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