How does the F1 safety car work?

FORMULA ONE safety cars are a regular fixture on the Grand Prix scene. The safety car’s job is to limit the speed of cars on the race track so that workers can come out and pick up any debris or crashed cars. Drivers are not allowed to overtake the safety car while it is on the track until indicated to do so. At which time the safety car steers off the track and the drivers can get back to racing. In the 2021 Formula One season, it has been used 14 times. Sometimes drivers hop into the safety car to catch a lift back to the pits if they crash their own car.

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