Sunday’s race was initially suspended, then resumed behind the Safety Car, and eventually red-flagged following the serious accident suffered by Jules Bianchi.
Following criticism of how the FIA handled the race, Gastaldi said the correct calls were made in difficult circumstances.
“It is a hugely difficult job to have and anyone can be an expert with the benefit of hindsight,” he said. “I must say I thought they got it right in the way the Safety Cars and the race suspension played out.”
“Initially it was obvious that it was just too wet but they did the sensible thing to have a good number of laps behind the Safety Car.
“Later when the rain returned it was starting to get bad again and then obviously it was completely the correct decision to red flag it when the serious incident occurred.”
However Gastaldi added it was still necessary to see what could be learned from the race. “As a sport we will always look for lessons to be learnt,” he said, “especially after there has been a serious incident, but overall I think they did a good job under very demanding and stressful conditions.”
Gastaldi passes on the Lotus team’s support for Bianchi, who remains in critical condition in hospital in Japan.
“Of course it was difficult for everyone because of the freak incident that befell Jules,” he said. “It leaves a big cloud over everything.”
“As a team we really wish him all the best for the coming days and weeks and we all hope for a positive outcome.”
2014 Japanese Grand Prix
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- Bianchi returns to France but condition still “critical”
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