Carlos Sainz Jnr, Toro Rosso, Sochi Autodrom, 2015

Sainz given permission to race after crash

2015 Russian Grand Prix

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Carlos Sainz Jnr will be allowed to start Sunday’s Russian Grand Prix following his heavy crash during the final practice session.

The Toro Rosso driver was unable to take part in qualifying after being taken to hospital following his crash, but the stewards gave him permission to start the race after receiving a request from the team.

“The stewards grant permission for car 55 Carlos Sainz to start the race, as the drivers has set satisfactory times in practice at this event,” noted the stewards.

Toro Rosso confirmed Sainz did not lose consciousness when he crashed at turn 13. He was taken to hospital where a fully body scan revealed no injuries, but he is being kept in overnight as a precaution.

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16 comments on “Sainz given permission to race after crash”

  1. Thankfully he is ok and the problem was merely that he couldn’t be reached but that is obviously still a huge issue, if someone were to become trapped in a similar way under barriers and does require urgent attention then it can be a matter of life or death.

    They obviously know more than I do and it’s sure done for a good reason but on the overhead shots with the large gap between rows of the tecpro and small blocks periodically along it just looks inherently a bad design to me, a formula type car is surely always going to go under if they hit between the small blocks, as Sainz did. The force against the two blocks either side is going to force the larger barrier upwards, again, as it did.

    The low nose and lack of wheel obviously contributed as well but more testing needs to be done in general regarding the layout and design of those barriers.

      1. So much linked text D:

      2. its designed that way

      3. That part of design is great, however going underneath is a serius problem of new noses… For sure that did not happen in 2012.. New noses are pretty prone to dive underneath stuff.. So gotta design new barriers less prone to lifting.

        Or raise noses a bit. As they are they are a hazard.

    1. The design @weeniebeenie depends on the rearmost wall of grey blocks being up against a solid barrier like a concrete wall or armco. The red blocks link all the layers back to the solid barrier so the bottom can’t be knocked from underneath.

      I think this time they’d laid out a wall of tecpro that was basically free-standing.

  2. Great news, good to see that he’s ok.

  3. Glad that he’s ok. Looking at it again I’m thinking, what if, just what if someone has a similar incident on lap 1 and crash into the car in front? Given the current nose structure, I have a feeling that it isn’t gonna end well. Hopefully that doesn’t happen.

  4. I see people blaming the low noses for the car going under the barriers but I really don’t see that as the reason, After-all we had cars getting buried under tyre barriers when we had the higher noses in the past.

    Also in the GP2 race today a car got buried under the barriers (Not as badly but it was a lower speed accident) & GP2 cars have higher noses.
    And there was that GP3 crash yesterday, The car went in sideways & lifted the tekpro barriers quite a way into the air, It was only the fact the car spun round after the impact that stopped it going under.

    1. For those who did not see the gp2 accident in todays race.
      http://www.aehdmedia.com/GP2_2015/GP2.2015.AE-HD.06.RD09.RACE1.start-crash_02.jpg

      and there was also the gp2 crash at spa where the car went under the tyre wall.

      1. That looks entirely different as quite clearly the car has been lifted at the front and not buried under the barrier as was the case with the Carlos crash

  5. it can be avoided if a sturdy reinforced flap of plastic is firmly attached to the barrier-blocks.
    the wheels or the car-cass will see to it that the blocks will not lift or at least not as much.

  6. I saw the video footage, it makes you wonder what would have happened if the driver is trapped in a closed cockpit. These are the kind of situations with lots of prons and cons on both sides, I mean, about the current design, and about the closed cockpit proposal.

    1. No worries @omarr-pepper. They’d have pulled his car out from under the barriers, and /or lifted the barrier sections off.

      Then he’d have emerged safe and sound having not had any head contacts on bits of barrier.

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