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Fernando Alonso Against Axing of Standing Starts in F1

Sunday’s Belgian F1 Grand Prix started off rather badly. As the cars were approaching the first corner, Romain Grosjean’s Lotus caused a four-car crash and nearly killed Fernando Alonso, as his car flew dangerously close to the Spaniard’s cockpit opening.
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The accident caused quite a stir and some people have started voicing their concerns regarding standing starts, and the necessity of the introduction of rolling starts. Now, Alonso is rejecting the idea, saying that "The start is part of the charm of the competition (in F1) [. . .] I find the chase to the first corner good, where you are calculating risk and making decisions very quickly. Together with the team, a lot of preparation is put into the starts [. . .] It’s too important a part of F1 to lose."

We do agree with the Spaniard’s invocation of tradition, but the fact of the matter is that while it may be a spectacular way to start a race, a standing start may put drivers’ lives at stake and, for that, there is no justification.

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