The job of the new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, which will be launched on 27 March 2010, is to ensure maximum safety in Formula 1. The “gullwing” model replaces the SL 63 AMG, which was used as the Official F1™ Safety Car in 2008 and 2009.
Why is the F1 safety car a Mercedes?
Mercedes has been the official Safety Car since 1996. In order to be used as the F1 Safety Car, Aston’s engineers altered the Vantage in order to make sure it can do the job of intervening and controlling the pace of an event involving the world’s fastest racing cars.
Has F1 Safety Car ever crashed?
No. The safety car was only fully introduced in 1993, although the earliest use was in 1973 at the Canadian GP with some trials in 1992. The safety car has never “crashed” during a race they is footage floating around of it spinning during Thursday or Friday track inspections.
How fast is Safety Car F1?
Maylander’s safety car is a Mercedes CLK 63 AMG, capable of reaching 62mph in 4.5 seconds (about twice the time it takes an F1 car), with modified brakes, tyres and aerodynamic parts; Maylander fondly describes it as “a small race car”.
Who chooses F1 safety car?
Bernd Mayländer is the man behind the wheel of the F1 Safety Car and he’s joined by co-driver Richard Darker, who maintains radio contact with race control. The interior of the AMG GT R includes two tablet devices, used for monitoring what’s going on out on the race track.