A recovery vehicle was seen on track during the Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix, which was interrupted on the third lap by rain, according to footage from F1TV.
In these images, widely shared on social media, Frenchman Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) walks past a truck signaled by its flashing light when rainy conditions are very difficult for the drivers. An incident that angered the French: “It’s unacceptable! How is it possible? I can’t believe it.”
The incident, described as “worse than unacceptable” by Alfa Romeo team principal Frédéric Vasseur, occurred on the second lap under a red flag as the drivers drove back to the pits.
The race was interrupted due to the conditions and to allow the evacuation of the cars of two drivers who retired: the Thai Alex Albon (Williams) due to mechanical problems and the Spanish Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) after an accident
“We risk our lives”
Next we could see Gasly very upset in his garage by this event, which recalls the accident that had caused the death of Frenchman Jules Bianchi at the age of 25 in Japan, on this same circuit.
Hope of French F1, the young man saw his career abruptly interrupted on October 5, 2014, on lap 42 of the Japanese GP. In the rain, he lost control of his Marussia at Turn 7 and his car got stuck under a jacking device that eventually evacuated German Adrian Sutil’s Sauber, who went off the track on the previous lap.
Back in France, Jules Bianchi died after several months in a coma in Nice, his hometown, in 2015. Bianchi was the sports godfather of Charles Leclerc, the Ferrari driver. “No respect for the lives of the drivers, no respect for the memory of Jules, unbelievable,” Jules’ father Philippe Bianchi wrote on Instagram, screenshotting the incident in support.
“+WTF+. How could this happen? We lost a life in this situation a few years ago. We risked our lives, especially in these conditions. We want to race. But this… Unacceptable,” the British McLaren tweeted for him. driver Lando Norris.
Wow, how did this happen!? We lost a life in this situation years ago. We risk our lives, especially in conditions like this. We want to run. But this… Unacceptable.
—Lando Norris (@LandoNorris) October 9, 2022
“We couldn’t see anything (…) I was surprised that the start was given, it was dangerous (…) We are playing with fire, I guarantee there will be crashes if we start again in these conditions.” there “, also reacted on Canal + Alex Albon after the abandonment of him. No time had been given for a new start two hours after the first start at 2 pm local time (7 am in French).