Japanese Grand Prix – Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) touches a truck on the track: “I could have killed myself!”

An image that we never thought we would see again. Amid the chaos, on Sunday during the second lap of the Japanese Grand Prix, stopped with the red flag in the rain at Suzuka, Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) came very close to hitting a truck on the side of the track, at turn 12. “This is unacceptable! How is this possible? I can’t believe it”the future alpine pilot reacted. “I could have killed myself!”he exclaimed describing the scene in the command post of his Italian team.

The race direction had just waved the red flag and the drivers were driving to return to the pits, time to evacuate the cars of the Thai Alex Albon (Williams), forced to retire due to an engine problem, and the Spanish Carlos Sainz (Ferrari), after an accident on the first lap.

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The race management of the FIA ​​has provided an unconvincing explanation of the circumstances of the presence of this truck. “On lap three the safety car was deployed on the track, the race was neutralized, but car 10, which had collected debris, had just stopped behind the safety car and resumed the track driving at high speed to catch up. . the group with deteriorating conditions, quoted Julien Fébreau, commentator of the race on Canal +, live. This is the reason for the red flag presented at that time. Before the car passed the place where the (Sainz’s) rubble was. “

It’s disrespectful to Jules

Then the race director summoned Pierre Gasly at 18:00 local time (11:00 French time) for violation of article 57.2 of the sporting code. He accuses the Frenchwoman of having driven at more than 250 km / h – GPS data in support -, after passing the area of ​​the accident, under a red flag. She was particularly appreciated by several pilots, such as George Russell. “This is not the Pierre Gasly accident. This is the FIA ​​accident“, Launched the British.

The very dangerous presence of this truck was reminiscent of the accident that had caused the death of Jules Bianchi at the age of 25 on this same circuit, on 5 October 2014, on lap 42. In the rain, the Frenchman had lost control of his Marussia at turn 7 and his car got stuck under a lifting device and ended up evacuating the Sauber of German Adrian Sutil, who had gone off the track on the previous lap. Back in France, he died after several months in a coma in Nice, his hometown, on July 17, 2015 “.It’s disrespectful to Juleshe dropped Gasly. I’m just happy to be alive. We’ve talked about it a million times“And we’re not done talking about it.

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