WATCH AS F1’s safety and medical cars go head-to-head around Indianapolis.
The safety car was introduced into Formula One as a safety measure, designed to slow down the pack and keep them contained in the event of a serious incident on track. As such, it is always seen as something of a slow-poke, keeping the F1 cars at something of a pedestrian pace. However, this ‘pedestrian pace’ for an F1 car amounts to an AMG Mercedes, being driven by a professional racing driver at somewhere around 80-90%.
This is nothing to be sniffed at, but what if we removed the context of an F1 race and they were allowed to really go for it?
Well, it seems this does happen from time to time. Luckily for us, one of these times (the 2006 US Grand Prix at Indianapolis, to be exact) the cameras were recording and the footage made its way to YouTube, giving us 2:50 of AMGs with flashing lights on the roof hooning around the Indy GP circuit like teenagers in a McDonalds car park on Friday night!
I think I’ve just come up with an idea for how to fill the empty track-time caused by this new qualifying format.