The Korean Grand Prix got off to a late start after heavy rain – and drivers were divided over how soon the race should have got underway.
After three laps behind the safety car the race start was suspended and the cars sat on the grid for half an hour as they waited for the rain to ease.
They spent another 14 laps behind the safety car before the green flag was finally waved.
By the time the race had begun they had spent almost as long behind the safety car as they had at Fuji in 2007, where 19 laps were spent in safety car conditions.
But some drivers felt the conditions were adequate to go racing in. Not least of which Lewis Hamilton, who was on the grid at Fuji three years ago and said the conditions were no worse than what they had a previous races:
The track is fine, the visibility is good. I have three cars in front of me and I can see.
While Hamilton was keen to see the race start – and maximise his championship advantage – Mark Webber was urging the organisers not to start the race.
Robert Kubica, who potentially had less of a vested interested, also said the conditions were too dangerous.
It is likely that because the track was laid only recently, water was not draining very well through the tarmac. Jenson Button added another reason for the visibility problems:
Because of the way the track is with the walls and the stands the water isn’t going anywhere.
Do you think the race should have started sooner? Should race control pay attention to what drivers who have a vested interest in the result have to say about the conditions? Have your say before.
Should the race have started sooner?
- Yes, it should have started sooner (79%)
- No, it started at the right time (19%)
- No, it should have started later (1%)
- No, it should have been abandoned (1%)
Total Voters: 2,286
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