FIA Formula 1 race director Michael Masi says he was concerned to see a wheel break free from Antonio Giovinazzi’s car in his crash at last weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix.George Russell was unable to avoid the wheel as it bounced onto the circuit and also crashed out.
Masi said the failure of the tether “is a concern” and the FIA is looking into it.
“Why it came detached I’m not 100% sure,” he said. “But immediately, once the car came back to the drop-off area, our technical team’s already started their investigation, taken a number of photos and we’ve got all the available footage. So the FIA technical department together with the safety department will investigate why.”
Masi said “it’s too early to draw any conclusions” why wheel might have come off.
“With an incident like that I think you need to look at all the available data and process it and let the appropriate people have a really good look into the whole thing, the incident itself and what happened.”
The FIA will also consider whether the run-off area needs to be extended in the area of the circuit where Gasly crashed.
“I haven’t had the opportunity to go out and have a look and see what the lay of the land in is down there and see,” said Masi on Sunday evening. “But we’ll have a look at it overall and see what can be done, if anything needs to be improved, what can be improved.”
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