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GP Week : Issue 10
BRUNO Senna and his iSport International team boss Paul Jackson have slammed safety provisions at the Istanbul Park circuit following the Brazilian’s retirement from the Sunday GP2 race, when the Brazilian hit a stray dog at 280kph. “I’ve notified the clerk of the course and everybody and I’ve explained to them in no uncertain terms that we are seriously unhappy about it. Very angry,” fumed Jackson. “I understand it’s an accident, but at the end of the day the consequences are they could have killed somebody, and if that would have happened the whole roof would cave in.” Senna himself was angry to have been forced out of a race in which he had just set the fastest lap and was battling for points, but confirmed to reporters that he had suffered no ill effects in the incident. “You don’t expect to see a dog on the circuit when you’re doing 280kph. It’s unfortunate but it’s something that is out of my control. “We lost the result, but the dog was the one who took it [the impact] and the car and I’m fine.” Senna was fortunate that he had managed to make contact with the dog with his tyre, as incidents in which animals are launched over cars at high speed can be dangerous. In 2006 Cristiano da Matta was left in a coma after making contact with a deer in ChampCar testing at Road America. GPDA Director Mark Webber told GPWeek that the safety body was concerned about the incident and would be investigating ways to improve perimeter fencing at the track. “I’m sure they’ll look as heavily as they can,” said Webber. “Senna was lucky that he didn’t get hit in the head and it’s something that needs to be looked at when we come to these countries, that their perimeter fences are sound. “We obviously trust, as drivers and teams, that when you come to a race that the facility is safe to go and race around – a controlled environment. Obviously when you’ve got dogs and potentially other wildlife cruising inside the circuit the two don’t go together. “It’s 2008 and we should be massively on top of those things. Very sloppy.” Senna and iSport slam Istanbul safety Bruno says on-track dog crash could have been far more serious 10