Pierre Gasly says Formula 3 driver Alex Peroni’s huge crash yesterday has shown the importance of Halo.
The Toro Rosso driver had previously been sceptical about the head safety structure, which was introduced to F1 last year and on the new F3 chassis this year.
“I must say I’ve never been a fan of the Halo,” said Gasly in response to a question from RaceFans. “Looking at these images I think it’s clearly a good reason to have it.
“I don’t know, we will never know what would have happened without it but we don’t want to imagine.”
“I saw the big crash and it was really shocking,” said Gasly. “I didn’t see the beginning of the action, I just saw once he was in the air and then the guys explained a bit how it happened.
“It’s just crazy, especially after what happened yesterday. It’s always horrible to see images like this and I’m glad Peroni seemed to be fine after that. But it’s clearly something they need to change because we can’t have these kind of accidents.”
Peroni’s car was launched into the air after he struck a sausage kerb at the exit of Parabolica. “There are a couple of these kerbs on other tracks as well,” said Gasly. “For some reasons we’ve never had this kind of accident before. It was really strange but really scary at the same time.”
“I still didn’t see the full crash and I’d like to see it properly to understand it,” Gasly added. “For me it’s quite insane to just take off that high, just with a kerb. Hopefully they make sure this never happens again.”
Peroni is continuing treatment in San Gerardo hospital where his D6 vertebra is being examined for multiple fractures to assess whether surgery is necessary.
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