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GP Week : Issue 205
The drivers and teams of Formula One have again supported the annual starCards F1 charity auction, supporting Great Ormond street Children’s Hospital in london. These world-famous auctions have been supported by Sutton Images since 2004 and continue to raise thousands of pounds for the charity. Mark Sutton has lent his support to the fundraising event by obtaining the signatures of the 2014 F1 drivers on Great Ormond Street Hospital playing cards, tee-shirt and 2014 signed grid photo from every driver. In a special tribute to Formula legend Michael Schumacher who has supported the cause over the last 10 years, a very special signed Seven of Hearts, representing Michael’s achievements as a seven-time Formula One (F1) World Champion. The auction has already begun, at www.starcards.org and ends 10 days later at 8pm (UK time) on 10 July. Paul Brett founder of StarCards said “Sutton Images’ support over the last decade has been a tremendous boost to our annual fundraising efforts. The F1 community globally provides amazing support and continues to be our most profitable auction each year, providing essential funding for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity to spend on the most vital medical equipment, research facilities or toward the £50 million required every year to make it possible for children of all nations to get the help they need.” “Sutton Images is pleased once again for its 11th year to support the Starcards F1 auction,” said Mark Sutton. “W ith the help of all the F1 drivers and teams we have two amazing fully-signed items – a GOSH T-shirt and F1 Group photo from Australia –re both framed. I'm hoping they will raise much needed funds to this great charity that Sutton Images fully supports." All images can be previewed at: www.flickr.com/photos/starcards/ sets/72157644889551969/ For more information about Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity go to www.gosh.org F1 >>> nEWs gosH AuCtion WeLL under WAy Formula 1’s proposed standing restart rules has been met with no enthusiasm from the drivers, according to Daniel Ricciardo. The Australian has spoken out at the new regulations, which have been approved by the World Motor Sport Council, that will see standing restarts following Safety Car periods. “We all pretty much disagreed as far as I’m aware,” the Canadian GP winner said. “I don’t think it’s the best thing, but we’ll see what others say.” Ricciardo indicated that the main objection against the new regulation is that is offers more scope to penalise the leader by more than the current system. “You can be leading the race by 20 seconds, the Safety Car comes out and you lose the advantage,” he said. “What was looking like a comfortable victory is questionable. So that’s a big disadvantage for the leader, who has worked very hard to build up that gap. “Now to put them in a standing restart... anything can happen at the starts, not only an accident but if you get a poor start you can go from first to fourth before Turn 1 just like that. I just think it’s harsh on the leader.” But F1 Race Director Charlie Whiting has spoken in support of the new rule. “I have heard some drivers express concerns but I think we can allay those fears,” he said. “There were two things drivers were concerned about - one was fairness and that being a leader he is more likely to lose his lead from a standing start than a rolling start. But whether that is true or not, I am not quite sure. “Equally, if you are in second place you might like the idea of taking a lead which you might not do with a rolling start. “Then, I think there were some concerns about worn tyres with starting from standing starts. “But what you have to remember is that until you get to the point of a standing start, the safety car procedure will be exactly the same as before. “So if you are on worn tyres, any driver on worn tyres is very likely to pit anyway. They do it now so there is no reason why they would not do it under those new rules. “If you have just made a pitstop then you probably wouldn’t [stop], but anyone else... you see them dive in to the pits, they all do it, because they want to take the advantage of getting more or less a free stop. “That is what happens and it will continue to happen, so the chances of any driver resuming the race from a standing start on very badly worn tyres is very low.” ABOVE: Start, or restart? Could be hard to tell in 2015 ... dAn riC LeAds restArt CritiCs 13 GPWEEK.com // 13 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: