Safety Car

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.



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.


Safety car finishesEdit

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 eight times a race has finished behind the safety car to date:



External LinksEdit

For more information about safety cars, check out this page

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