Perez: Bianchi crash not acceptable

Date published: October 9 2014

Sergio Perez has urged F1 to implement a new rule that whenever a recovery vehicle is in use, the race is run behind a Safety Car.

Last Sunday, Jules Bianchi suffered a severe head injury when he crashed into a tractor that was recovering Adrian Sutil’s car.

Although well off the track, deep in the gravel trap at Turn 7, Bianchi went off at the exact same corner and hit the tractor.

His accident, which has left the Frenchman fighting for his life, has raised questions about what Formula 1 can do to avoid such an incident from happening again.

Perez suggests that the Safety Car should be used whenever a recovery vehicle is in operation.

“It is not acceptable,” said the Force India driver. “We have to look for answers from the FIA on what happened in this tragic accident.

“We have to make sure they hear us.”

He added: “In the future, when there is a tractor picking up a car, we need a Safety Car, no matter the conditions because there is always a risk.

“You expose the marshals, a lot of people, so we need a safety car if the tractor is on track.

“You could have people run out of brakes, so many factors you never expect, and if the tractor is there it’s a big problem.

“You don’t want to expose anyone like that. We have to take care of the marshals.”

The Mexican racer added that although he’s in Russia preparing for another race weekend, his thoughts are with Bianchi at the Mei General Hospital in Japan.

“I’m here with you guys (the media) but all the time your subconscious is thinking about our friend Jules.

“What happened on Sunday was a big shock for all of us, for everyone involved in the F1 paddock.

“You always realise the risk is there, but you always think it cannot happen to you, it will not happen to you.

“But when you see that it happened to a guy who was next to you last Sunday and now he’s not with you – he’s in a very difficult situation – that makes you think a lot about things.”