One would think that since the tragedy of Jules Bianchi in 2014, there can be no place in the world’s racing venues for a tractor, truck or other rescue team performing rescue work to be on the track while pilots can roam freely. However, this situation still happened during the time trial training of the Formula 1 Turkish Grand Prix.
The track workers highlighted Nicholas Latifi Williams in turn 8 at the end of Q1, but when Q2 started, a tractor was still in the fall and anyone on the wet track could have landed, even though they were only on the lead-in circle, and there was a yellow flag . The incident caused a great deal of controversy, as a rather dangerous situation arose, so Michael Masi, the race director of Formula One, was also forced to react to what happened.
“We let the cars out of the pit lane even when the ambulance was on the escape route. The race management was informed that the vehicle would leave the track by the time the riders reached the 8th turn. ”
“As soon as it became clear that the ambulance later reached the opening at the end of the railing, we extended the double yellow flag section from turn 8 to the entrance of the seven-week turn to further slow the cars in their exit circles,” Masi said of the emergency solution.
“Obviously we don’t want to see a similar scenario. In retrospect, the man is already wiser, we would already do it differently, holding the cars back until the rescue is complete. We will review the procedure to minimize the chances of similar cases occurring in the future, ”the expert promised.