Drivers mostly backed the decision to start the British Grand Prix behind the Safety Car but many also said the race should have gone green earlier.
“It was definitely the right decision to start the race behind the Safety Car,” said Jenson Button. “It was super wet and there was loads of standing water, but I think it should have been recalled two laps earlier.”
Max Verstappen agreed with Button. “Especially on the main straight there was quite a lot of water,” he said.
“But maybe it was a bit too long. I was ready to race after maybe two laps.”
However Nico Rosberg said drivers needed time to see where the large patches of water lay around the track.
“there was some big, big rivers in places,” said the Mercedes driver, “so it’s important to let us have a look at least where they are before getting going”.
His team mate Lewis Hamilton pointed out a standing start had been used when the track was wet eight years ago.
“We could have started on the grid – but for sure there were patches all over the place and it would have been tricky – but that’s what motor racing’s about.”
“But then we did stay for sure out far too long. It was pretty much intermediates by the time we let us go.”
“It would have been fun. It was easily just as wet, there was more water on the track when we started in 2008 when we started from the grid, that’s why I say that.”