Safety Car.jpg

A safety car or pace car is a car which limits the speed of the cars on the track when the track is under caution conditions. The safety car is driven by a professional safety car driver, which is currently Bernd Mayländer.

Procedure[edit | edit source]

If an incident takes place on track, yellow flags may be put out for that sector or turn. However, if the incident may block the track, or leaves a lot of debris on track, the Safety Car may be deployed, to slow the drivers down while the marshals clear up. Before reaching the Safety Car, all drivers must slow down to a minimum delta, like with the VSC. Behind the Safety Car, drivers must not overtake and remain in position. This usually cools down brakes and tyres quite a bit, so to warm them up to optimum, drivers will often do burnouts and swerve from side to side, like with the formation lap. After all the debris is cleared, Race Control will give a signal that the Safety Car is coming in. Drivers will be notified by team radio, and also by the fact that the SC’s lights will turn off. When the SC peels into the pit lane, drivers will get up to racing speed, and when the next lap starts, green flags will be shown and the race resumes!

History[edit | edit source]

Main article: Safety car driver

The safety car was first used during the 1973 Canadian Grand Prix and was driven by former Canadian race car driver Eppie Wietzes. When the car was first used, it took the incorrect position, placing a car 1 lap down. It took several hours after the race to determine the winner and sort out the confusion. The pace car would not be used again for another two decades.

The safety car was officially introduced during the 1993 season, in the Brazilian Grand Prix and the British Grand Prix.

Cars[edit | edit source]

Year Name Image Rounds
1973 Porsche 914
Safetycar1973.jpg
Canada
1974-1975 No safety car used
1976 Porsche 911
Safetycar1976.jpg
Monaco
1977-1980 No safety car used
1981 Lamborghini Countach
Safetycar1981.jpg
Monaco
1982
Safetycar1982.jpg
Monaco
1983
Safetycar1983.jpg
Monaco
1984-1992 No safety car used
1993 Fiat Tempra
Safetycar19931.jpg
Brazil
Ford Escort RS Cosworth
Safetycar1993.jpg
Britain
1994 Opel Vectra
Safetycar1994.jpg
San Marino
Honda Prelude
Safetycar19941.jpg
Japan
1995 Porsche 911 GT2
Safetycar1995.jpg
Belgium
Lamborghini Diablo
Safetycar19951.jpg
Canada
1996 Renault Clio
Safetycar1996.jpg
Argentina
Mercedes-Benz C36 AMG
Safetycar19961.jpg
Belgium
1997
Safetycar1997.jpg
Brazil-San Marino
Mercedes-Benz CLK 55 AMG (C208)
Safetycar19971.jpg
Monaco-Europe
1998
Safetycar1998.jpg
All
1999
Safetycar1999.jpg
All
2000 Mercedes-Benz CL 55 AMG
2001 Mercedes-Benz SL 55 AMG
2002
2003 Mercedes-Benz CLK 55 AMG (C209)
2004 Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG
2005
2006 Mercedes-Benz CLK 63 AMG
2007
2008 Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG
2009
2010 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
2011
2012
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT
2013
2014
2015 Mercedes-AMG GT S
2016
2017
2018 Mercedes-AMG GT R
2019
2020
2021
Aston Martin Vantage

Safety car finishes[edit | edit source]

Very rarely, a race may finish behind the safety car due to accidents or incidents happening near the end of a race. There have only been nine times a race has finished behind the safety car to date:

Notes[edit | edit source]


External Links[edit | edit source]

For more information about safety cars, check out this page

v·d·e Nominate this page for Featured Article
Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.