“It has been a feeling that I do not wish on anyone”
, He said Carlos Sainz after the accident suffered in the Tuscan F1 GP on the line of Mugello. Saw speed up Giovinazzi and he believed, as the Italian and some of the riders in front thought, that the race had already resumed. He got into his slipstream, accelerating at full throttle, over 250 km / h. And suddenly, braking. I could not do anything. He was going to hit a car head-on, a type of accident that in racing is undoubtedly the most dangerous possible.
The cockpit, the cockpit, passes an intense crash test before being homologated. It is an extremely hard part, designed and prepared to withstand accidents at more than 300 km / h. Of course, these impacts are usually against the protection walls, the TECPRO barriers, blocks of polyethylene filled with a foam of modular density designed to absorb the energy of the impact and thus minimize the damage to cars and drivers. Between the barriers and the harshness of the cockpit, F1 has achieved that accidents that a few decades ago could be very serious, now end with the driver leaving the car under his own foot without suffering injuries.
But very different is the situation in which two cars, that is, two extremely hard cockpits, hit each other. Even more so if one of them is stopped in the middle of the track or at very low speed and receives a sharp blow from a car at more than 200 or 300 km / h. There, the result can be tragic, as happened last year at Spa 2019 in Formula 2, with the incident that caused the death of Anthoine hubert (who received the impact while standing) and a serious leg injury to Juan Manuel Correa (which hit Hubert very quickly). Somehow, Sainz remembered it after the incident this Sunday, although without wanting to name Anthoine. “It reminded me of something that happened last year, that I don’t want to remember now, when you go 250 km / h and suddenly you find cars stopped in the middle of the track,” said the Spanish driver. “I do not wish that feeling on anyone”he continued.
His words take on even more relevance when seeing his camera ‘on board’, which shows exactly what it explained Charles, riding a slipstream of Giovinazzi, when without room to react, he was already on top of the Italian’s car. “Oh my God! It has been very dangerous “, he exclaimed in his car, luckily, without injuries and only worrying about the blow he received in the wrist and hand when suffering the impact while gripping the steering wheel.
“Luckily we are all fine”said the Spanish. That was the best news of a day that could have ended much worse. An accident that could be avoided if the ‘Safety Car’ He would have turned off the lights sooner than he did. The commissioners did not even comment on it in their final verdict after studying what happened. They limited themselves to giving a warning to 12 pilots, including Carlos Sainz, understanding that these drivers abnormally used the accelerator and brakes in the straight line and that many of them, as Carlos acknowledges, got too close to the car in front to try to get a benefit from the offset. What were they going to do? They are pilots, they were fighting for position and they were in a very tense moment. What the ‘safety’ should have done is to leave the race in a safer context so that the drivers could start fighting with more guarantees, but that is not even mentioned in the FIA verdict.