Chefe da equipe Ferrari Frédéric Vasseur will talk to the organizers of the Las Vegas GP. After Sainz’s crash during the first free practice session, the car had to be seriously rebuilt, resulting in significant costs. Ferrari now wants to obtain compensation, as this is for them force majeure was.
When Sainz ran over a manhole cover in the first free practice session and it came loose and caused a lot of damage, Ferrari suddenly found itself with a lot of work to do on Sainz’s car, but also with a financial hangover.
Frédéric Vasseur and Ferrari will discuss this with the organizers, who in this case are Formula 1 itself and Liberty Media.
“This will be a private conversation that I will have with the stakeholders,” said Vasseur.
Vasseur emphasized that the accident also had an impact on Ferrari’s budget limits, as additional costs were incurred by the need to transport an additional spare chassis from Italy to Abu Dhabi this weekend, as work began in Maranello immediately after the accident in preparation for this.
“We are now faced with many consequences on the financial side, on the sporting side, and even on the stock of spare parts. It certainly isn’t easy on the budget either.”
Vasseur explains that a yellow flag had already been raised in the area of the manhole cover in question because the marshals had already seen that something was loose on the track, only when Sainz ran over the cover was a red flag raised.
“There was 1 minute between the display of the yellow flag and then the red flag,” explains Vasseur. “I think that’s very long, we were not given a reason for the yellow flag to be shown, they said nothing.”
“We will discuss these circumstances. The yellow flag was raised in a zone where we reach speeds of up to 340 kilometers per hour. So, something was seen, but a follow-up decision should never take a minute to be made, as this can lead to dangerous circumstances. See Esteban Ocon, even he damaged the car after the red flag had already been shown and he was on his way to the pit lane.”
Written by Vincent Bogaerts