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FIA issue revised safety car rules 11 Jul 2010

The safety car comes out on track after the crash between Red Bull's Mark Webber and Lotus's Heikki Kovalainen Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren MP4/25 overtakes the safety car as it deploys due to Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing suffering a large crash. 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 9, European Grand Prix, Race, Valencia Spain, Sunday, 27 June 2010

The FIA have tweaked the safety-car regulations ahead of Sunday’s British Grand Prix in a bid to avoid a repeat of the recent controversy that arose at Valencia.

When race control decides the safety car is needed, a safety-car period will commence as usual, but the safety car will not necessarily join the circuit immediately. Instead it will attempt to pick up the leader and ensure no drivers are unnecessarily disadvantaged.

If it is not possible to pick up the leader, cars between the safety car and the leader will be waved through immediately

Operation of the pit lane lights will also change whilst under the safety car, meaning that cars will be allowed to join the track whilst the safety car is passing the pit lane, if there is a suitable gap to allow cars exiting the pits to rejoin the circuit safely.