May 9 (GMM) A proposal to change the safety car rules could be in place in time for the Monaco grand prix in two weeks.
BMW motor sport director Mario Theissen in Istanbul admitted that his preferred solution would be to electronically limit the speed of cars upon deployment of the safety car, to prevent drivers from racing at high speed into the pits."This is not going to happen within the next few races," Theissen said.The current rule, where the pitlane is simply closed after the deployment of the SC, is being criticised for unfairly punishing drivers who are out of fuel.For now, FIA race director Charlie Whiting has proposed to simply impose a minimum time for caution sectors; a solution similar to the speed restrictions already in place for the formation laps prior to a grand prix, and the closing stages of 'Q3'."Charlie's proposal I think could be implemented immediately," Theissen explained. "That would be better than the present situation."The German said the hoped the new rule will be in place in Monaco."Yes, because there, the risk of a safety car is the highest," he said.The issue was due to be discussed in the team managers' meeting here at Istanbul.