‘The tractor being on track is an absolute DISGRACE’: Furious F1 fans fume and call on the FIA to be ‘investigated’ after Pierre Gasly narrowly avoids a life-threatening crash with a recovery vehicle
- Pierre Gasly narrowly avoided crashing into a tractor that appeared on track
- Torrential rain made for awful conditions at the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday
- Red flag was waved after Carlos Sainz and Alex Albon crashed out on lap one
- Fans have taken to social media to fume and call on FIA to be ‘investigated’
The FIA have come under huge scrutiny following another drama filled race in the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday.
Carlos Sainz and Alex Albon both crashed out in difficult wet conditions which resulted in limited visibility, and drivers were instructed to make their way to the pit-lane.
But as Pierre Gasly, who was at the back of the grid, did so he came perilously close to a serious accident as he narrowly missed a tractor that had emerged out on track to collect the stricken Ferrari of Carlos Sainz.
AlphaTauri driver Pierre Gasly came perilously close to a serious incident with a tractor
Live speed data showed Gasly doing 200 km/h as he approached the tractor
Gasly himself took to the team radio to vent his frustration at the incident, in a chilling warning that was full of fury: ‘What is this? What is this tractor on track?! I passed next to it.
‘This unacceptable. Remember what has happened. Can’t believe this.’
Fans have taken to social media to display their anger and criticise FIA, who are now under severe pressure.
Bianchi’s father hit out at race control for showing ‘no respect’ for Gasly or his son’s ‘memory’
‘Bro this angle is even worse… how did the FIA let this happen’, said on fan on Twitter.
A second fan said the FIA ‘have not learned a thing’ from 2014 – referencing the fatal accident of Jules Bianchi.
Bianchi suffered a collision at the very same track with a recovery vehicle at high speed, which left him in a coma for nine months before he died in July 2015.
A third supporter wrote: ‘The FIA cares more about Lewis’ nose stud than tractors on track with no visibility’.
Another fan has called on the FIA to be investigated, saying ‘The FIA is not fit for purpose. They need to be investigated externally. Every week it’s a new item displaying their incompetence.’
‘The tractor being on track is an absolute disgrace’, a fifth supporter commented on the incident.’
The race was halted after just three laps due to the poor wet conditions before resuming after a two-hour delay.
Red Bull driver Max Verstappen went on to pick up his 12th win of the season, winning the 2022 drivers’ championship in the process.