In the round-up: FIA president Jean Todt requests a report into the circumstances of Jules Bianchi’s crash in the Japanese Grand Prix from race director Charlie Whiting.
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“Charlie Whiting, the race director, was asked directly by Jean Todt, the FIA president, to compile a report into the exact circumstances of the collision during the rain-soaked Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday.”
“The FIA, the sport’s governing body, issued a statement of its own, saying Bianchi was ‘critical but stable’ at Mie general medical centre in Yokkaichi. The driver’s family are expected to see him on Tuesday after being delayed due to typhoon Phanfone.”
“FIA press officer Matteo Bonciani, who is close to Bianchi, said: ‘It should be understood that it is very, very serious.'”
“Obviously it had started to rain a bit more on intermediates but it was still OK. It didn’t look so bad, obviously some places got a little bit more wet but it depends on how old your tyres are what your car is doing.”
“From a technical point of view it’s something very easy to implement. It’s something that we’ve looked at in lots of the technical working group meetings and we’ve been back and forwards.”
“I think what happened in Suzuka was very unfortunate, a freak accident, and I can’t really fault any of the people involved – the marshals, or the race director, or any of those people. Everything was done as it should have been.”
“Why was the recovery crane deployed in a vulnerable location while the cars were still going past in atrocious conditions?”
“There has been some noise in the mainstream media about whether or not the race should have been stopped but the voices quoted are few and far between I think race control did an excellent job in very difficult circumstances.”
“For Japan the Mercedes’ sidepods were totally revised.”
Former Jordan commercial manager Ian Phillips: “The guy was quick; there was never any doubt about that. He may have had a poor reputation but he rarely put our car in the wall.”
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Comment of the day
Would ‘slow zones’ of the type used at the Le Mans 24 Hours this year be a better way of protecting drivers and marshals when vehicles are needed to recover stranded cars?
I think that any time there are marshals and/or equipment dealing with a disabled car, as has been suggested by others regarding a rule change in the World Endurance Championship, there should be an automatic zone where one must use the pit lane limiter until one is past the situation in question. This might even eliminate the need for a safety car in many situations. If a medical vehicle(s) is needed, perhaps they should red flag the race and line up in the pit lane as they did yesterday.
The problem yesterday was that the rules allowed for Bianchi to still be carrying enough speed to aquaplane in spite of double yellow flags being out. If he was going at the speed of the pit lane limit, even if he somehow still lost control of the car, the spin would have been at very low speed and any contact with anything very very likely harmless. His car would likely not even have reached the tractor let alone hit it with such force.
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On this day in F1
The new Nurburgring held its first grand prix 30 years ago today and set up a final-race title decider. Alain Prost won for McLaren ahead of Michele Alboreto and Nelson Piquet, both of which limped home low on fuel (see video).
Niki Lauda spun on his way to fourth, and held a 3.5-point lead over Prot ahead of the final race.
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