‘It’s UNACCEPTABLE’: Martin Brundle slams the FIA after Pierre Gasly nearly collided with a recovery tractor on track in Japan, as he insists ‘lessons have not been learned’ from Jules Bianchi’s death in 2014

Martin Brundle has described the moment Pierre Gasly nearly collided with a recovery tractor at last weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix as ‘unquestionably unacceptable’ – claiming lessons still haven’t been learned from Jules Bianchi’s death in 2014. But Brundle insists Gasly should have never been put in that position, while the race should’ve been instantly red-flagged. ‘That should have been an instant red flag in my opinion because of the conditions, because everybody was out on intermediates. ‘I was horrified because I had an incident there in Suzuka in 1994 when I’d been crying on the radio for the race to be red flagged because the conditions were horrific,’ Brundle added. ‘After that experience, I remember saying in ’98 [on commentary], “we can’t have vehicles on track when race cars are on track”. You can aquaplane off, you can have a car issue, whatever.

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