Pierre Gasly says he was ‘two metres away from passing away’ after nearly colliding with a tractor on track… as George Russell blames organisers claiming ‘we lost Jules Bianchi eight years ago in similar conditions’

An emotional Pierre Gasly believes he was ‘two metres away from passing away’ having been left ‘extremely scared’ and fearing for his life because of a near-miss with a recovery truck on track at the Japanese Grand Prix. He added: ‘We were all in the pit-lane one minute later. ‘We lost Jules eight years ago in similar conditions, with a crane on track in the gravel. I don’t understand how eight years later, in similar conditions, we can see a crane. Not even in the gravel, on the racing line!’ He said. ‘It is not respectful to Jules, his family or his loved ones, or all of us. ‘If I lost the car in the same way that Carlos lost his car on the lap before? I was doing 200kph, but even at 100kph, it’s a 12 tonnes crane.

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