The setup of Miami International Autodrome has definitely been a talking point this weekend. From the lack of grip off-line and bumps on the track, to absence of important safety precautions, the track has received a lot of criticism in the past two days.
After loosing the rear of his Alpine, Ocon crashed into a concrete barrier in Turn 13 and sustained a 51G impact. The Frenchman got out of the crash unhurt, but the impact meant he had to be examined in the medical centre to make sure everything was alright. If instead of the concrete barriers it would’ve been a Tecpro, the impact wouldn’t be so hard, many say.
Ocon will have to start the Sunday’s race from the back of the grid, after a crack to his Alpine’s chassis excluded him from Qualifying. He revealed that Carlos Sainz, who also had a crash in the same turn during the Friday’s practice brought the lack of Tecpro in driver’s briefing, as many echoed a similar sentiment.
As he said: "What is unacceptable really, it was 51G for what should have been not such a big impact.
"To not have it and [for only] one car it has happened, but when Carlos has complained to the race director, we were all there listening to it, and nothing has been done.
"There was a discussion last night. Carlos said the impact was way too big for what it should have been. Today it felt huge, the impact. It's probably the biggest shunt of my career, to be fair.
"Yesterday Carlos got hurt. I got hurt today as well. The FIA should push harder for our safety. The important thing is that we're able to race, and I will be able to race as well.”
He added: "When a professional driver to the calibre of Carlos, racing for Ferrari, is saying something like this yesterday, I think the minimum is that it should be taken into consideration, and do the best possible to make a change.”
After his crash on Friday, and the similar accident of Ocon on Saturday, Sainz said that his crash should not have been so big given his speed just before the crash and was critical of the lack of response from FIA. As he said: ”I'm sorry to be critical, but I told the FIA yesterday that my crash at second gear shouldn't feel that hard, but today my neck was a bit in pain.
"I told them, let's put Tecpro there, because it's a very hard concrete wall. Esteban crashed, and I'm sure he felt it too. And it's one of those things that I will never understand."
Many other drivers agreed with the criticism, saying they didn’t understand the lack of the safety precautions in Turn 13.
Many were also surprised with how high the impact was in both Ocon’s and Sainz’s crashes: Sergio Perez was one of those drivers. As he said during an interview after one of the sessions: “I don’t think it was possible for them to do any action in all fairness to FIA but we certainly discussed [it] and we were surprised with the amount of G Carlos had this morning I mean its such a real accident and so many G’s we don’t wanna see that again we want to be extra precautious in the future and avoid those kind of heavy accidents.”
Lance Stroll was far from impressed and said they didn’t really understand the absence of the Tecpro’s in Turn 13.
"They should put it; I don't know the big fuss about it is. No one wants to hit a concrete wall... it's pretty simple. It doesn't matter what speed.
"It's ridiculous, a joke."
Valtteri Bottas, who qualified an excellent P5, agreed with the thoughts of the aforementioned drivers.
"I think there should be tecpro. There is no reason why there shouldn't be... that's my view. It should have been there today.
"I think it's going to be a talking point again in the next drivers meeting for sure."