The Japanese Grand Prix was played in heavy rain and there were several incidents on the first lap, the most dangerous of which involved Carlos Sainz, who lost control of the car and crashed into a board after exiting a turn.
So the safety car appeared on the track at the end of the first lap, and the red flag was shown on the second lap.
Pierre Gasly passing the scene of Carlos Sainz’s accident for the first time encountered a piece of advertising flag stuck in his nose. After going to the pits and replacing something damaged, the Frenchman began to compensate for the loss, driving faster than his competitors behind the safety car.
Passing the scene of Sainz’s accident for the second time, Gasly passed at high speed the tractor that was supposed to remove the debris from the road. The AlphaTauri competitor did not hide his anger and demanded from the FIA the details of this incident.
Federation in laconic statement he confirmed that after complaining from many drivers he saw the incident and will look at how procedures can be improved so that the situation does not happen again.
This, however, did not end the matter as The race judges asked Gasly to pull over for speeding with a red flag.
Such a mistake is always taken seriously, and the referees insisted that the AlphaTauri rider exceeded the speed of 200 km / h while chasing the bet and imposed a car penalty after the race, which was changed to a 20-second penalty. according to the rules.
This penalty did not change much in the French’s situation, because he finished in 17th place, and the penalty from the judges pushed him to 18th place.
“After passing the accident scene, car number 10, with a red flag, repeatedly traveled more than 200 km/h, and even reached 251 km/h in one place,” the judges wrote in their report.
“The driver admitted that he understood that the road could be in alignment or other obstructions and confirmed that he was speeding under such conditions.”
His colleagues from the track immediately stood up to the competitor, insisting that driving fast in the rain has its right and sometimes it can be safer than driving slowly, because then the temperature of the tire decreases quickly and the grip is lost.
“I fully support Pierre,” said Fernando Alonso, who has criticized referees several times this year. “We are in the car, we know the speed we are going, and we know when things are under control.”
“What we don’t expect is to see a tractor on the road, and Pierre can’t be blamed for that.”
George Russell, on the other hand, revealed that with normal carelessness, drivers always slow down and accelerate.
“There is no rule that says how fast you can go” said a question posed by Motorsport.com. “You have to respect the VSC time difference indicator, but if you’re running 10 seconds too slow in relation to the delta, you have the right to accelerate to zero.”
“That’s what drivers do, because it’s the only way to warm up the tires – to create a positive delta and then drive a little faster to give the tires energy.”
“They say he was going 250 km/h. People probably forget that these cars go 330 km/h. 250 km/h in our world is not speed.”
Daniel Ricciardo and Nicholas Latiffi emphasized how difficult it is to drive at low speeds on a wet track.
“Cars aren’t the safest when running slowly in these conditions as we lose tire heat,” the Australian said.
The Canadian added: “Even at speed behind the safety car, we’re at the limit of speed because these tires are not good in the rain. These cars were not made for slow speeds.”