After Carlos Sainz ‘s accident on the first lap at the start of the Japanese Grand Prix, the stewards went out with a crane to the middle of the track to try to recover the Ferrari from Madrid after the second sector hairpin.
With memories still fresh of the incident on that same Suzuka stage in 2014, in which Jules Bianchi suffered injuries from which he would later not recover and would die after colliding with a similar crane on a runaway, there was widespread unease in the paddock at what happened.
Several drivers expressed concern about the presence of the extraction vehicle as they circled behind the safety car, although it was Pierre Gasly, going much faster to make up ground after a pit stop, who was most annoyed by the dangerous situation. .
Following Wednesday’s World Motor Sport Council meeting at the Royal Automobile Club in London, the FIA revealed that it had carried out a comprehensive analysis of the Suzuka incidents.
A brief statement said: “Procedural problems have been identified and will be corrected in the short and medium term. The conclusions will be made public in the coming days.”
One of the key aspects of the investigation will likely be whether the marshals acted unilaterally to send the crane away so quickly, or were authorized to do so by race control.
Article 2.6.1 of Appendix H of the International Sporting Code , which governs all FIA events, clearly states: “No marshal or vehicle may enter the perimeter of the circuit without permission from race control.”
In other safety-related news, it has been confirmed that the 2023 Formula 1 technical regulations will require larger rear-view mirrors to “improve blind spot visibility” as well as an “improved definition of the braking circuit”. .
Changes will also be made to the regulations on the anti-roll rings, something that was already reinforced after the FIA investigation into Zhou Guanyu’s accident at the British Grand Prix.
In addition to this, an update has been made to the super license points system to reduce the requirements of the championships listed in Supplement 1 that count towards points. This is valid only for the championships that end at the latest on March 31, 2023, and the reduction of sports activity during 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic must be taken into account.
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