Philippe Bianchi, the father of Jules Bianchi, slammed Formula 1 for failing to honour the legacy of his son by allowing a recovery vehicle onto the Suzuka course despite poor visibility. Rain began to fall as the Japanese Grand Prix got underway on Sunday, sodden Suzuka circuit, causing a chaotic first lap.
There were several mishaps, one of which saw Carlos Sainz aquaplane into the barrier. His impact tore a piece of advertising board from the barrier. Pierre Gasly, who, like the rest of the field, could not see in front of him, picked up what fell down the track.
He made a pit stop to get it taken out before rejoining the race, which was then being run under a Safety Car. Race Control appeared to interpret this as giving the all-clear to send a rescue vehicle onto the racetrack to pick up Sainz’s wrecked Ferrari. Gasly stormed passed it and was appalled by what he saw.
“Wait, what? Which tractor is this? What on a track is this tractor? Alongside it, I moved. This must change! What took place? This is absurd, he raged. The situation made me go back to Jules Bianchi’s collision at the same circuit in 2014 when the Frenchman lost control of his car in the rain and collided with a recovery vehicle that was removing Romain Grosjean’s wrecked vehicle.
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Bianchi’s wounds caused him to pass away. While watching the race on Sunday, his father Philippe was horrified. No regard for the driver’s life, he tweeted. a lack of regard for Jules’ memory. Incredible.”
Jules Bianchi’s father has posted on Instagram about the recovery truck incident.
“No respect for the life of the driver. No respect for Jules’ memory. Incredible.”#JapaneseGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/3Af4y1fiBd
— PlanetF1 (@Planet_F1) October 9, 2022
The fact that the recovery car was on the live track added to the incident’s alarming nature on Sunday. Near the back of the gravel trap, quite a distance away, was where Bianchi crashed. The results were nonetheless fatal.
The FIA’s announcement that Gasly was being investigated for speeding while using the Safety Car during the Formula 1 debate over who was at fault served as a frightening reminder of the Marussia driver’s accident. Ted Kravitz of Sky Sports said: “Shades of the fateful race with Jules Bianchi in 2014.
“If this does anything, I suppose it will provide the drivers with a chance to exit their vehicles and discuss the incident Pierre Gasly had while returning to the pits after his pit stop while driving on fully wet tyres and running into that recovery vehicle on the racetrack. Given what happened to Jules Bianchi today, there will undoubtedly be substantial talks among the drivers about how that could have been avoided.