Gallery: History of safety cars in Formula 1

Fabien Gaillard

Between 1993-96, individual race organisers were responsible for supplying safety cars, leading to some strange choices. However, this practice ended in 1997 when F1 handed Mercedes a contract to become F1's official safety car partner - and the German manufacturer continues to supply safety cars to the series till date.

Check out our gallery below to rediscover some of the safety cars that have been used in F1 over the years.

Porsche 914 (Canada 1973)

Porsche 914 (Canada 1973) David Phipps

David Phipps

Porsche (Monaco 1976)

Porsche (Monaco 1976) Motorsport Images

Motorsport Images

Lamborghini Countach (Monaco 1981, 1982, 1983)

Lamborghini Countach (Monaco 1981, 1982, 1983) Rainer W. Schlegelmilch

Rainer W. Schlegelmilch

Lamborghini Countach (Monaco 1981, 1982, 1983)

Lamborghini Countach (Monaco 1981, 1982, 1983) Rainer W. Schlegelmilch

Rainer W. Schlegelmilch

Fiat Tempra 16V (Brazil 1993)

Fiat Tempra 16V (Brazil 1993) Motorsport Images

Motorsport Images

Opel Vectra (San Marino 1994)

Opel Vectra (San Marino 1994) Motorsport Images

Motorsport Images

Honda Prelude (Japan 1994)

Honda Prelude (Japan 1994) Motorsport Images

Motorsport Images

Porsche 911 GT2 (Belgium 1995)

Porsche 911 GT2 (Belgium 1995) Motorsport Images

Motorsport Images

Cette année-là, une Lamborghini Diablo rouge vif avait été prévue lors du GP du Canada, mais n'est pas sortie en piste.

Renault Clio (Argentina 1996)

Renault Clio (Argentina 1996)

Mercedes C 36 AMG (1996-97)

Mercedes C 36 AMG (1996-97) Motorsport Images

Motorsport Images

Mercedes CLK 55 AMG (1997-98)

Mercedes CLK 55 AMG (1997-98) Steven Tee / Motorsport Images

Steven Tee / Motorsport Images

Mercedes CL 55 AMG (1999-2000)

Mercedes CL 55 AMG (1999-2000) Motorsport Images

Motorsport Images

Mercedes SL 55 AMG (2001-02)

Mercedes SL 55 AMG (2001-02) Motorsport Images

Motorsport Images

Mercedes CLK 55 AMG (2003)

Mercedes CLK 55 AMG (2003) Lyndon McNeil

Lyndon McNeil

Mercedes SLK 55 AMG (2004-05)

Mercedes SLK 55 AMG (2004-05) Sutton Images

Sutton Images

Mercedes CLK 63 AMG (2006-07)

Mercedes CLK 63 AMG (2006-07) Steven Tee / Motorsport Images

Steven Tee / Motorsport Images

Mercedes SL 63 AMG (2008-09)

Mercedes SL 63 AMG (2008-09) Rainer W. Schlegelmilch

Rainer W. Schlegelmilch

Mercedes SLS AMG (2010-2014)

Mercedes SLS AMG (2010-2014) Andrew Ferraro / Motorsport Images

Andrew Ferraro / Motorsport Images

Mercedes-AMG GT S (2015-2017)

Mercedes-AMG GT S (2015-2017) Mirko Stange

Mirko Stange

Mercedes AMG GT R (since 2018)

Mercedes AMG GT R (since 2018) Zak Mauger / Motorsport Images

Zak Mauger / Motorsport Images