In the Japanese Grand Prix, F1 driver Pierre Gasly almost killed himself as he crash into the back of the tractor which was on the racetrack. It was raining heavily at the Suzuka Circuit. The crane tractor was on the track to pick up a damaged vehicle which is a standard procedure but as it was a horrendous downpour Gasly could not see clearly. With the rain pelting down at Suzuka and drivers skidding out at high speeds, the decision to keep the tractor on track while drivers continue going around the circuit at Suzuka was baffling. Gasly came frighteningly close to hitting the tractor.
“I could have f***ing killed myself,” Gasly said on the team radio “What is this? What is this tractor on track?! I passed next to it. This unacceptable. Remember what has happened. Can’t believe this.”
Here’s how Twitter reacted to the unfortunate accident –
If you’re wondering why he’s pissed, this is why.
Just watched onboards with Gasly. Right to be furious. Recovery vehicle bang on the racing line in zero visibility. Unforgivable.
— Will Buxton (@wbuxtonofficial) October 9, 2022
Unforgivable. Pierre Gasly right to be absolutely furious and the complete lack of any acknowledgement about this on @SkySportsF1 is a concern
Sunday’s F1 race was red-flagged…
“All other cars in the field who were on track also passed the tractor, but they were going at considerably slower speeds behind the safety car.”
— Laura Apollo (@lauraapollo) October 9, 2022
Race has been red flagged (suspended)…but the marshals (people who do track safety) moved a crane/ tractor onto a live racetrack. They killed a driver at Shizuka doing that in the past. Completely unacceptable
— _ StevenSensei _ (@StevenSenseiHS) October 9, 2022
Imagine waking up to go to bathroom and reading tweets about a tractor on the track at the @f1 race. Sounds like someone at race control went to the bathroom too. Language cleaned up because I’m a lady.
— Betty Koulos (@BettyKoulos) October 9, 2022
Just got back to my office (also a couch with a table next to it).
F1 race delayed further for rain. Know that the three-hour race clock has been started but absolutely despise the rule. Haven’t looked at the Gasly/tractor video closely yet. #F1
— Connor Ferguson (@cfchangs9) October 9, 2022
Mercedes has turned a bouncing tractor into a F1 race car in under 5months? Well done boys and girls at Brackley and Brixworth!
— Tilak Mithrabettu (@tilak365) July 31, 2022