The Grand Prix Drivers’ Association wrote to FIA Formula 1 race director Michael Masi asking how to improve the safety of car restarts after the Tuscan Grand Prix crash.
The subject is expected to be discussed at Friday’s driver briefing in Sochi, and at the subsequent GPDA meeting.
GPDA director Romain Grosjean said he and his colleague Sebastian Vettel discussed the crash with organization president Alex Wurz and legal representative Anastasia Fowle before contacting Masi.
Grosjean himself barely managed to dodge the cars ahead and escape the Mugello crash, which saw four cars give up.
“We had some discussions with Seb, Alex and Anastasia on the GPDA WhatsApp group,” Grosjean said. “And we wrote a letter to Michael Masi and tried to find out what we can do better.
“I don’t think there was anything that stood out at Mugello in terms of restarts. It was a lot of little things that led to a big crash at the end, but maybe a few tweaks in some rules could help eventually.
“And that’s what we want to discuss, to avoid such a scary moment. And I guess we got lucky with everything, that we didn’t get hurt, because it was a high speed accident, and also a car flying through the fence could have been a little mean. “
Grosjean’s teammate Kevin Magnussen at Haas, one of the four drivers eliminated in the crash along with Carlos Sainz Jr, Antonio Giovinazzi and Nicholas Latifi, also called for reviewing the safety aspects of the restarts.
“I was reacting to the car in front of me,” said the Danish driver. “The car in front of me was reacting to the guy in front of him, and all the way down, everyone is trying to react. In the end, someone gets caught and cannot react, which causes the accident.
“I think it would be nice to watch how we do these restarts so that we can avoid accelerating and then braking again, making sure that once we accelerate it’s for good. I don’t know. what the solution would be, but definitely worth considering if we can make it safer. “
McLaren’s Sainz wants to hear from his fellow drivers and stressed that the discussion should be kept private.
“I think we have to learn lessons and learn from them,” said the Spaniard. “I think as the riders we didn’t make it easy for ourselves as some people questioned the start which made it very complicated for the people at the back. And we will definitely go. discuss it tomorrow. [Friday].
“I think we have to analyze with the FIA what we can do better because the crash has been huge. And it could have been a lot worse, I think, especially when I look back.
“So how are we going to avoid this in the future needs to be discussed in private, but I really think we need to have a good look all together, have all of our thoughts, think a little bit about how we can try to do this. ‘avoid next time.
“Personally, I want to wait for the drivers’ briefing to hear everyone’s opinion and analyze what some drivers have to say and why they left these big gaps. And why the safety car fires went out late. and all that. “