FIA to review use of recovery vehicles after crane incident at Japanese GP

The AlphaTauri driver, Pierre Gasly, narrowly missed the crane while driving at 200km/h and insisted he would have been killed had he struck the vehicle. The race was red-flagged just moments after the grid had passed the incident and just as Gasly approached the crane. The misinterpretation can be traced back to last year’s Belgian GP, which ended in farce when a race was declared and points awarded after only three laps behind the safety car. That prompted a change in the rules to require a minimum of two racing laps to be completed, and a sliding scale of points applied according to how much of the race distance had been run. “How the points were awarded wasn’t what we all had in mind,” Seidl said.

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