F1 | Tuscan Grand Prix Restart: What Went Wrong

Formula One narrowly averted disaster following a dramatic race restart crash at Mugello over the weekend - but what went wrong?

After the Tuscan Grand Prix I was on YouTube, and I was confused as to why we had a pileup from back on restart. George Russell in the Williams was further back from the pack, so he had to speed up to slot behind. The cars have to bunch up for restarts, or they will fall off the pace. The drivers behind floored it thinking the race had started but the front pack was still slow. Russell looks like a nice person, so I don't think the mistake is intentional. Restarts are rare in F1. Maybe teams should do a drill to practice doing them? They practice clutch starts after qualifying.


Bottas sets the pace after pace car pulls in as he is leading, so he starts racing on two occasions. 1 passing start finish line, 2 in between the two lines that define an area he can start in (as in NASCAR). Drivers can't time the start this way.... the teams on the radio have to communicate to the driver when to start. Someone on the pitwall should say "Go, Go, Go" to the driver as the field start shifting fast.

This is the problem with the current FIA rules - the light panels are green but Bottas has not made a decision to start. He wants Lewis in a good draft behind him, and he has to help fend off the driver in 3rd place so a rival team that can take points. Maybe another colour like orange should come out like in a traffic light warning to get ready to go green and start soon?

The Tuscan Grand Prix start line incident was a scary one, and could very easily have caused my greater damage to the cars and track, as well as potentially endanger the safety of the drivers involved.

Was it just a case of bad luck and circumstances that caused the incident, or can the FIA do something about reducing the chances of this kind of accident occurring again in future?

Discuss!

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It is a problem but as always the FIA will negate blame. Two drivers didn't see that the pit lane was closed in Monza, and got penalised, and god knows how many drivers they had to warn in Mugello for the restart. Point being when multiple drivers are being punished, it often means the FIA have to look at themselves and are wilfully bitter.

Same with Eau Rouge run off being too dangerous for bounce back and needing gravel between the pit lane and more room.

If drivers die it is because they ignore run-off rules or safety car rules. However, if you take it out of the drivers hands, and green means green, and run-off means out, then they don't need to have accidents.
 
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It happened that on SC restarts cars are not "driven from pitwall", but instead drivers have to do all the driving and looking at the traffic. Whose fault?! Whoever allowed so much comms between pit and driver in last decade.
 
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Drivers are like kids at school, and will always push the boundaries.

It's up to the FIA to ensure they have systems in place to minimise things like this. The FIA tends to always react afterwards to put a better plan.

Who's Idea was it to bring hybrid engines ? I would say F1 is a mess right now.
 
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The way I see it the blame rest with the drivers in the backfield. They left space to the car in front to gain speed once the light turns green. But that does not automatically mean the cars in front accelerate. They just assumed they would. The green light means the track is free, it is not a mandatory signal to hit the throttle.

If I stand as second or third car at a traffic light and have my eyes on the light only and accelerate the moment the light turns green without looking what the cars in front of me are doing - who's to blame ???

Look at re-starts in NASCAR or V8 Supercars. They have re-start zones and drivers have to be within a specified distance to the car in front. Maybe the FIA should look into that.
 

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It was exactly the same thing as Monza 1978, with the back of the pack starting the race before the front, except for two things:
- in 78 it was due to a stupid starter, in 2020 it was due to a whole bunch of drivers acting stupid (those who received a warning by the stewards);
- in 78 it caused Ronnie Peterson's death :cry: while nobody was hurt in 2020.

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This is the problem with the current FIA rules - the light panels are green but Bottas has not made a decision to start. He wants Lewis in a good draft behind him, and he has to help fend off the driver in 3rd place so a rival team that can take points. Maybe another colour like orange should come out like in a traffic light warning to get ready to go green and start soon?
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Talk about alternate reality... The obvious truth is Bottas waited for the last moment because he didn't want to be passed by Hamilton and he was right doing so.
 
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I don't think there's much that can be done about this, just unfortunate for all that got caught up. I think the fact they haven't raced there before played into it, they could maybe argue that the track isn't set up ideally, but the bottom line is they know the rules, it's up to them to make sure their restart is clean.

I don't think the owners of F1 will be too upset, this kind of chaos is keeping things interesting in the Mercedes era. Big crashes are what people went to see in the good old days of F1, crashes get media attention. A crash involving a number of cars is probably better for media attention than watching one of the Mercs win another race.
 

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The best is to have starter, It used to be Charlie Whiting but i don't know who replaced him as he is deceased. His electronic board allows him to talk to drivers. If it is possible for him to hack into all team radio's he can tell all 22 drivers once bunched up to get ready. then go. He is in the crows nest so he can see all the drivers and the start line.
 
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Nothing wrong ......we are racing drivers we go 200% and on pure instinct......Grosjean is a crybaby.....
I thought that was Funny Grosjean the king of driving into his team mate. Hes lucky to be at HASS. He upset Gunther steiner so much. I guess the TV series Drive to Survive love his exposure.
 
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Nothing went wrong. I don't understand. People complain about F1 being "booring, snoozefest" so F1 called their bros at NASCAR. They were told, "Just crash the cars as much as you possibly can. You will get ROI with increased viewership". Problem solved. :whistling:
 

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If it is to complicated then have cars file on grid and do another standing start. On the Track not the pit lane. I don't know why they do this but its tight and a pain for teams to move equipment from the garage on one end and the car on the other. Just imagine having to do that at Monaco. The tight Pitlane that curves.
 

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trouble is drivers can see the green light and go!!!...whats needed is a green light in the car's dash to show when leader floors it at restart...this problem then solved
There is one on the car. Implemented after Jacques Villeneuve kept ignoring yellows in qualifying, as they impeded his fastest laps in the Williams. And those screens are often off the racing line.