The safety car driver, since 2000, has been the German touring car driver Bernd Mayländer, who has appeared at every race weekend except the 2001 Canadian Grand Prix, where he was replaced by Marcel Fässler. First introduced in 1973, the safety car was officially introduced during the 1993 season.
Safety Car Driver history[edit | edit source]
Next, the Monaco Grand Prix had the Lamborghini Countach, but it is not known who drove the car during this time.
In 1992, British driver Mark Goddard became the first modern F1 Safety Car Driver at the Silverstone GP, albeit the car was not used in the race. He also drove the Safety Car at the European Grand Prix in 1993 at Donington Park and at the 1993 Silverstone GP, the Safety Car being used there for the second time in that year.
It is unknown who drove the Renault Clio Williams safety car in 1996 or the Mercedes-Benz car in Belgium.
Oliver Gavin, who failed to get a super licence, made a living as the Safety Car driver from 1997-1999, before Bernd Mayländer took over from 2000. Mayländer has been tasked with driving the car at every grand prix since then, except for the 2001 Canadian Grand Prix, where he was injured and Swiss DTM driver Marcel Fässler took over.
Safety car drivers[edit | edit source]
|Eppie Wietzes||1973||First safety car driver in F1; drove Porsche 914 at 1973 Canadian Grand Prix|
|Max Angelelli||1994||Drove an Opel Vectra at 1994 San Marino Grand Prix|
|Bernd Mayländer||2000–present||Current safety car driver|
|Marcel Fässler||2001||One race replacement for injured Mayländer at 2001 Canadian Grand Prix|