The Formula 1 Tuscany Grand Prix had to be interrupted several times. The first red-flagged incident was particularly dangerous: after restarting the safety car leaving the track, some pilots had not yet accelerated, and those coming from behind were moving at a near-competitive pace in the finish line. The cars were congested and the chain reaction started, causing four (Carlos Sainz – McLaren, Antonio Giovinazzi – Alfa Romeo, Kevin Magnussen – Haas, Nicholas Latifi – Williams) to give up the race.
“Those coming from behind were already pushing,” said Giovinazzi, who first approached Magnussen’s car. “The last thing I saw was that Magnussen stopped completely in front of me. I tried to avoid it, but I arrived with some floor gas and he was there. It was a dangerous situation, very dangerous. We need to look into how we can change that, ”he said.
Lap 7 restart at Mugello = carnage 😮 💥
Four drivers = OUT
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Magnussen doesn’t know who to blame for what happened. “I feel like someone has slowed me down so I can push again, gaining momentum over the others. I’m not sure, but someone could have been the guys in front of me. We went on floor gas for a few seconds. Then they stopped, I had to stop, and so did the ones behind. Someone unfortunately could not respond to this and we collided. We want to avoid that in the future, ”he said.
Latifi published a recording that illustrates well the chaotic conditions experienced in the density of the field, even before the accident. Alongside the video, he wrote, “There’s not much you can do at this time. One never likes to be in the middle when the field is congested. We can only react to the cars right in front of us, and twice the field seemed to start. Thank heavens that everyone escaped. ”
Not much you can do there. The constantiner effect is always pretty bad when you are mid pack. You can only react to the cars directly in front of you and it seemed like the pack went on two separate occasions. Glad everyone walked away from that one. 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/4nnEvzqbSP
— Nicholas Latifi (@NicholasLatifi) September 13, 2020
Sainz also mentioned similar ideas as his peers. “Someone – or several from the midfield – seemed to think the race had started. I was stuck in the back of an Alpha, we both caught wind and we were already racing. ”
“Ugly things came to mind from the past. I don’t want to say anything yet, but it’s something that needs to be investigated in any way and figured out what happened, ”McLaren says in Spanish.