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GP Week : Issue 212
F1 >>> nEWs Jules Bianchi’s accident at suzuka has earned the ire of a number of former drivers, including Martin Brundle. The former driver and now Sky TV commentator has said that the incident is a cause to rethink the use of recovery vehicles, such as the tractor (above) in GP racing. “My concern, and I’ve expressed it many times, is having those things [recovery vehicles] on track,” Brundle told Sky Sports F1. “I nearly lost my life against one of them and just missed it and then hit a marshal. Obviously I have grave concerns, if it’s a career-ending incident he’s had or more grave than that. “The things are too high, and you’re sitting down too low, especially on that corner because you just keep turning left, so you’re going into the barriers if you go off there, there’s no way of recovering, you’re going too fast.” Brundle appears to have little faith in the view expressed in some quarters that a yellow flag provides sufficient cover for an emergency vehicle to operate in any proximity to the track. “Some will say ‘well there’s yellow flags’, even double-waved yellow flags but that doesn’t stop you actually spinning off because we saw Ericsson spinning off behind the safety car. "I spun off with yellow flags there, there was so much spray I couldn’t actually see my own steering wheel let alone the yellow flags on the day. If one car goes off in a certain position there’s so much greater chance of another one going off in the same place.” A service driven insurance broker for the fast moving world www.ellisclowes.com +4 4 (0)20 7220 0130 Authorised and regulated by the FCA Registered in England and Wales Company no. 07202991 Registered Lloyd’s of London Broker F1 >>> nEWs BRUNDLE ENDORSES SAFETY REvIEW 11 GPWEEK.com // 11 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: