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F1 | GPDA to discuss crane incident with Race Director Michael Masi

Race Director, Michael Masi and Formula 1 Drivers to discuss the issue of a crane still being on the track as Q2 began in Turkey.

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F1 | GPDA to discuss crane incident with Race Director Michael Masi
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After attempting to recover Nicholas Latifi's stranded Williams, the Q2 session at the Turkish GP was restarted with a recovery vehicle still on the track. 

Despite the showing of double waved yellow flags, F1 drivers were profoundly dissatisfied with the safety ramifications of what happened, with memories still fresh of the crash at the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix that took the life of Jules Bianchi. 

Although race director Masi clairfied that the incident had been caused by him having been told that when the cars entered it the crane would not have been there, that was not an adequate explanation for the drivers.

On Thursday, Scuderia Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, who is a director of the Grand Prix Drivers' Association (GPDA), reiterated that for failures such as this, there should be 'zero tolerance'. 

Vettel stated: "I think everybody knows what happened and everybody knows why there should be a zero tolerance for this. Obviously, that was a mistake that it even got that far. It will be addressed.

He continued, "I think the main thing, whatever is coming out, is that we're not having and not seeing the same thing happening again, because we know and you know the consequences it can have.

So that's why I think it's important to address it, which we will and which it is from many sides and different angles. And as I said the key will be that we will not have something similar happening again."

Romain Grosjean said the problem had been addressed post-race with the FIA, and further meetings will take place at the drivers' briefing on Friday night to ensure that such an event does not happen again. 

Grosjean comments, "Yes, there's been some follow up, and, yes, I believe it will be discussed at the drivers' briefing," said the Haas driver. "I think all the drivers are aligned on this and we just want to make sure that it doesn't happen again."

To continue, Alfa Romeo's Kimi Raikkonen, who was one of the first drivers on the scene with the crane still on the track, said that it wasn't safe enough to have double yellow flags at the scene.

Raikkonen explains, "I kind of could see that will happen, because they were still recovering the car when they started the session" 

He continues, "then obviously when we went through, with the vehicle in Turn 8, I think there were yellow flags or something. Whatever [speed] it was that they expect us to go slow, but in those conditions, especially with how slippery it was, it doesn't matter even if you go slow. You can lose the car and it's far from ideal. I think it would have been better to wait until they pulled the car out and cleared the run-off areas, because you never know. We can go slow for us, but it still might be 120 km/h, or something like that. And when you lose it on those conditions, you have zero control where you are going to end up."

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