The system is being trialled in the wake of Jules Bianchi’s crash during the Japanese Grand Prix, and allows for the speed of drivers to be controlled when there is a hazard on the track by giving them a target lap time on their dashboard.
Fernando Alonso said drivers are supportive of the plan but the first test showed it is still in need of refinement.
“I think that, for a first try it went well, although there is still much to do,” said Alonso. “All us drivers agree it’s a very worthwhile idea, we just need to get used to it.”
Jenson Button agreed, saying, “there were positives and negatives to today’s virtual Safety Car test”.
“I like the idea, but you spend a lot of time looking down at your steering wheel in order to ensure you’re correctly driving to the delta. If you drop below it when the restart happens, you get a ten-second penalty. In that respect, it’s very tricky.”
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