Definition of safety car in English:

safety car


  • A car that drives ahead of competitors in temporarily hazardous conditions to control their speed.

    ‘the safety car had to be deployed as track marshals cleared the circuit of the widely scattered debris’
    • ‘The safety car's one concession to alerting the turbo-charged 400-horsepower cars hurtling towards it was the blinking of its hazard warning lights.’
    • ‘But this race was a little bit strange, no problems for anyone, no retirements, no accidents, no people going off, no safety cars, so everything was very normal.’
    • ‘The race was twice delayed by safety cars after initial laps that resembled more a demolition derby than a Grand Prix.’
    • ‘There were quite a few safety cars and cars going off; a lot of debris and a lot of restarts.’
    • ‘With the safety car on the track, I struggled to keep the tyres in temperature a little bit.’
    • ‘When the safety car came out and the engineers called us both in, the guys did a fantastic job in getting us out so quickly.’
    • ‘Several drivers had to swerve to avoid him and the safety car had to be deployed to protect participants.’
    • ‘To reinforce safety for all Championship rallies run on asphalt, safety cars will be permitted to cover one passage of every special stage.’
    • ‘Both drivers were forced out of the race, and the safety car made its first appearance.’
    • ‘The drivers were unaware of this tragedy as they circulated behind the safety car for the next 12 laps, while debris was removed from the track surface.’
    • ‘The adverse weather conditions forced the race to be delayed by 15 minutes and the safety car led the drivers out for the first eight laps.’
    • ‘I went on the radio to say the safety car was out but I didn't get a call so I stayed out.’
    • ‘Once the safety car pulled in, they lined us up and let us go one by one.’
    • ‘The Frenchman's car was beached on the kerbs, prompting a call for the safety car.’
    • ‘Lap three: The cars continue to make their way around the track behind the safety car.’
    • ‘We had two formation laps, with the safety car leading the way.’
    • ‘The race began behind the safety car, in rainy conditions, with all teams running full wet tyres.’
    • ‘Inexplicably I couldn't get out of fifth gear while touring around behind the safety car.’
    • ‘The race was very hard with one big accident and the safety car coming out.’
    • ‘Each time I built up a gap the safety car came out, and I had quite a lot of trouble with traffic.’