FIA and teams to discuss safety tweaks

By on Saturday, October 11, 2014
Marussia F1 Team

Marussia F1 Team

The FIA is to meet with teams in order to discuss changes to the way drivers conduct themselves under yellow flag scenarios, following Jules Bianchi's accident in the Japanese Grand Prix.

Bianchi remains in a critical but stable condition in hospital after striking a recovery vehicle.

Double waved yellows were being shown and while race director Charlie Whiting said that Bianchi backed off, he is keen for measures to be put in place to take the decision away from drivers.

"I think there are some things to learn and we want to engage with the teams and drivers to make sure that we come up with good, sound and well thought through ideas," Whiting said.

""I think one of the most important things for us to learn is that it's probably better to take the decision to slow down away from the drivers.

"It's better to try to put in place a system where it is much clearer to everybody how much we think cars should slow down under similar circumstances.

"That's what we are working on, starting with a meeting of all the teams tomorrow to discuss that. A way of trying to impose, for want of a better expression, a speed limit. It probably won't be a speed limit as such, but a way of controlling the speed with complete certainty and complete clarity."

Whiting also revealed more details of the accident, using CCTV footage.

"There is a dryish line but, as the rain is intensifying, a little bit of water crept on to the drier line," he said. "As cars go a little bit wide there, you see Adrian [Suti;] got onto that and lost control. He touches that slightly wetter bit of track, and he is behind Jules at this point. When he hits that slightly wetter bit, he loses control and spins."

"You can see Jules doing something similar" Whiting added. "He hits the same bit of water, but there is a slight difference: he doesn't spin like Adrian did. He over-corrects and goes off at a slightly different trajectory."


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