Japanese Grand Prix – Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) brushes against a truck on the track: “I could have killed myself!”

An image we never thought we would see again. Amidst the chaos on Sunday during the second lap of the Japanese Grand Prix, red-flagged in the rain at Suzuka, Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) came very close to colliding with a trackside truck at Turn 12 . . “This is unacceptable! How is this possible? I can’t believe it”the future Alpine pilot reacted. “I could have killed myself!”he exclaimed, describing the scene at the command post of his Italian team.

The race direction had just released the red flag and the drivers were rolling to return to the pits, time to evacuate the single-seaters of the Thai Alex Albon (Williams), forced to retire after an engine problem, and the Spanish Carlos Sainz (Ferrari) , after an accident on the first lap.

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The FIA ​​race management provided an unconvincing explanation of the circumstances of the presence of this truck. “On lap three the safety car was deployed on the track, the race was neutralized, but car 10, which had picked up debris, had just stopped behind the safety car and got back on track driving at high speed to catch up with the platoon as conditions deteriorated, quoted Julien Fébreau, commentator of the race on Canal+, live. This is the reason for the red flag presented at that time. Before the car passed by the place where there was the rubble (of Sainz) “.

It’s disrespectful to Jules.

Pierre Gasly was then cited by the race management at 6:00 p.m. local time (11:00 a.m. French time) for an infringement of article 57.2 of the sporting code. He accuses the French of having driven at more than 250 km / h -GPS data in support-, after passing through the area of ​​the incident, under a red flag. It was especially highlighted by several pilots, such as George Russell. “This is not the Pierre Gasly incident. This is the FIA ​​incident“, Launched the British.

The very dangerous presence of this truck was reminiscent of the accident that had caused the death of Jules Bianchi at the age of 25 on this same circuit, on October 5, 2014, on lap 42. In the rain, the Frenchman had lost control of his Marussia at turn 7 and his car was stuck under a lifting device that ended up evacuating the Sauber of German Adrian Sutil, who went off the track on the previous lap. Back in France, he died after several months in a coma in Nice, his hometown, on July 17, 2015.”It’s disrespectful to Jules.Gasly blurted out. I am happy to be alive. We’ve talked about it a million times.And we’re not done talking about it.

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