Domenicali urges action on standards
Ferrari's Stefano Domenicali has urged the FIA to impose more stringent driving standards in the categories below F1 in wake of Sunday's Spa crash.
Last Updated: 03/09/12 1:15pm
Ferrari chief Stefano Domenicali has urged the FIA to impose more stringent driving standards in the categories below Formula 1 in wake of the frightening first-corner pile-up at the Belgian GP.
Even before Sunday's spectacular Spa incident, which took four drivers out of the race on the spot including Ferrari's championship leader Fernando Alonso, the question of driving standards in F1 had been raised on several occasions so far this season following some high-profile incidents.
Lotus driver Romain Grosjean, who is competing in his first full season of F1, has since been suspended for this weekend's Italian Grand Prix as a result of causing the accident and Domenicali believes more education is needed for drivers on the way up through the ranks to the top level on what is and isn't acceptable on the race track.
"As for the accident, I can only say that the judgement falls to the FIA: what is certain is that, it would be better if, starting with the junior formulae, rules relating to on-track behaviour were enforced in an inflexible manner, so as to have drivers as well prepared as possible when they reach this, the highest level of motor sport," he said.
Grosjean's airborne Lotus flew straight over the nose of Alonso's Ferrari and frighteningly close to the Spanish driver's head, an incident which is again likely to prompt discussion over the potential future introduction of closed cockpits.
Domenicali admits the moments before Alonso clambered out of his stricken F2012 unaided had been worrying ones for all watching on in the Ferrari garage.
"All of us and I think also all Ferrari fans went through a heart-stopping moment after the accident, especially as we could not communicate with him," the Italian said.
"Only when we saw him emerge from the cockpit could we let out a first sigh of relief and then we began to breathe normally when we saw him make it back to the garage."