Jules Bianchi’s dad Philippe has torn into F1 chiefs for having “no respect” over his son’s tragic death as Pierre Gasly almost suffered a similar fate at the Japanese Grand Prix. Bianchi sadly passed away because of the injuries caused when he drove into the back of a recovery vehicle in Suzuka eight years ago.
It seems Japanese GP officials had not learnt their lesson as they allowed a recovery vehicle on the track again on Sunday morning, while cars were still driving around.
Carnage unfolded on the opened let in the wet conditions, with several drivers crashing out. However, F1 bosses only instructed for yellow flags to be waved and as they tried to recover a car while others were driving past.
Gasly did not see the huge yellow recovery truck because of the spray but fortunately he flew past the vehicle and not into the back of it. And the incident has angered many, including Bianchi’s father.
Philippe Bianchi wrote on Instagram: “No respect for the life of the driver, no respect for Jules’ memory. Incredible (angry face emojis).”
Moments after the Gasly incident he fumed over the team radio: “God! What the?! What is this tractor?! What is this tractor on track? I passed next to it, This is unacceptable! What has happened? Can’t believe this.”
And his fellow F1 drivers were outraged that such a dangerous situation could be allowed.
Lando Norris tweeted: “Wtf. How’s this happened!? We lost a life in this situation years ago. We risk our lives, especially in conditions like this. We wanna race. But this… Unacceptable.”
Sergio Perez wrote: “How can we make it clear that we never want to see a crane on track? We lost Jules because of that mistake.
“What happened today is totally unacceptable!!!!! I hope this is the last time ever I see a crane on track!”