Sainz urges Jeddah F1 marshals to “keep sharp” amid accident dangers - Motor Informed
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Sainz urges Jeddah F1 marshals to “keep sharp” amid accident dangers

The excessive common speeds and sequences of flat out and blind corners on the observe, which is internet hosting the nation’s first grand prix this weekend, signifies that drivers can have little warning if there’s an accident forward.

With the circuit’s traits in thoughts, Sainz says drivers must depend on observe marshals and race management to react rapidly to incidents. 

When requested by Autosport on Thursday earlier than follow if he had any issues concerning the observe, Sainz replied: “Clearly, as a driver, you strive to not suppose an excessive amount of about this. You strive to not deal with these form of issues, and rely absolutely on the FIA requirements, that they usually fairly correct and fairly good.

“The one factor that as drivers we have talked about is that if there is a crash in entrance of you, three seconds in entrance of you, we’re doing above 250km/h in each nook, and there is not going to be time for us to react as a result of there is a wall in between the crash and ourselves, we can’t see by way of partitions.

“That is perhaps the one massive level to boost with the FIA, simply to remain sharp with yellow flags and security automobiles, purple flags, as a result of, it is gonna be an attention-grabbing one.”

AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly agreed that marshals must be on the ball when conducting their duties. 

“I feel everyone knows it, and all of us considered it,” stated Gasly when requested the identical query by Autosport.

“And I feel for [the marshals] it is going to be necessary to be actually quick and environment friendly to react, as a result of wherever you shunt mainly the automobile will bounce again on the observe, and the common velocity right here is 250km/h.

“It is gonna be a busy weekend for the fellows, and hopefully they’re gonna be on prime of it.”

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Gasly additionally highlighted that the prospect of drivers impeding one another might be a priority through the course of the weekend.

To mitigate this in Baku, the sector was instructed to maintain up a excessive velocity by way of the quick final sector earlier than beginning their scorching laps or when coming again to the pits.

Gasly has referred to as on his fellow drivers “to make use of frequent sense between drivers, as a result of it may be very harmful”, and recalled his near-miss in Baku qualifying with then Toro Rosso team-mate Brendon Hartley in 2018.

“I’ve had the expertise with Brendon in Baku, a really excessive velocity part, coming into like a really sluggish automobile in blind nook shouldn’t be one thing we must always do,” added Gasly. 

“It is simply utilizing frequent sense between us drivers. I feel with the final lengthy straight, you may create your hole on the finish. That is okay and the final straight is broad sufficient. However clearly earlier than that we’ll need to be fairly cautious.”

Security issues apart, Sainz sees the character of Jeddah as a optimistic transfer for F1.

“I feel as a baseline F1 ought to have regular racetracks the place they’re quick tracks stuffed with excessive velocity corners the place you may extract every little thing out of a F1 automobile – nonetheless be protected to take action – however not achieve a bonus by going out of the observe,” he stated.

“That’s what occurs in fashionable F1 tracks these days. 

“I feel we as drivers had been fairly clear that is what we wish. This appears like an experiment of excessive velocity circuit plus partitions that we might want to see the way it goes.

“It appears just like the racing might be really good enjoyable. I simply hope that every little thing clearly protected and that we haven’t any surprises.”

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