Perez calls for safety changes


Published: Thursday 9th October 2014 by The News Editor

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Sergio Perez has called on the FIA to introduce the safety car on all occasions when a recovery vehicle is in operation during a grand prix.

Perez’s remarks come in the wake of Jules Bianchi’s accident during Sunday’s race in Japan which has left the Frenchman fighting for his life after undergoing brain surgery.

With Adrian Sutil’s stricken Sauber being removed in the wake of the German’s crash into a barrier minutes earlier and with heavy rain falling, Marussia’s Bianchi then careered off the Suzuka circuit into the back of the recovery vehicle.

Bianchi suffered a diffuse axonal injury, where damage has occurred to the brain over a widespread area, with the prognosis grave.

Following a request from FIA president Jean Todt, race director Charlie Whiting is at present compiling a report into the cause and circumstances behind the incident.

With lessons certain to be learned, Force India driver Perez said: “In the future, when there is a tractor picking up a car, we need a safety car, no matter the conditions because there is always a risk.

“You expose the marshals, a lot of people, so we need a safety car if the tractor is on track.

“You could have people run out of brakes, so many factors you never expect, and if the tractor is there it’s a big problem.

“You don’t want to expose anyone like that. We have to take care of the marshals.”

Perez has confirmed the drivers will wait before submitting ideas to Whiting after they have read his report as they want to understand themselves what went wrong.

For this weekend’s inaugural race in Russia, Perez concedes it will be a “very difficult” event to get through coming so soon following Bianchi’s smash.

“I’m here with you guys (the media) but all the time your subconscious is thinking about our friend Jules,” added Perez.

“What happened on Sunday was a big shock for all of us, for everyone involved in the F1 paddock.

“You always realise the risk is there, but you always think it cannot happen to you, it will not happen to you.

“But when you see that it happened to a guy who was next to you last Sunday and now he’s not with you – he’s in a very difficult situation – that makes you think a lot about things.”

Published: Thursday 9th October 2014 by The News Editor

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