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Drivers 'afraid' to speak out over Bianchi death

  • Published on 02 Jun 2016 10:53
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  • By: Rob Veenstra

F1 drivers are afraid to speak publicly about mistakes made by the sport's authorities that led to the crash and subsequent death of Jules Bianchi. That is the claim of Bianchi's father Philippe, as he justified the family's decision to take legal action against Bernie Ecclestone and FIA.

A London firm representing the Bianchis says the suit will be about F1 accepting "that errors were made in the planning, timing, organisation and conduct of the race which took place in dangerous conditions during the typhoon season in Japan" late in 2014. But Philippe claims this view, although publicly a lone one, is not backed by Bianchi's fellow drivers only because they are "afraid" to speak out.

"One driver with me, with a camera will say nothing because I think all of the people are afraid to say something," he is quoted by the London newspaper The Times. "With no camera, all the people come to see me and say 'It is not correct. Jules made (no mistake). They made a mistake'," Mr Bianchi added. (GMM)

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  • And they are right, FIA are egoistical bast**ds while the FOM is a money grabbing vampire. FOM basically tells FIA to turn a blind eye because it concerns the matter of costs to actually do a lot more to ensure safety from the FIA's side and the FOM doesn't want to pay up. They want to push everything onto the teams asking the teams to make their cars bullets proof beyond the reaches of applied science. Try and do that the sport is no longer F1 but some sort of adamantium clam shell racing. We already have closed top racing on 4 wheels aplenty no need for more of it.

    There are some minimum things that the sporting body needs to enforce, train and carry out diligently, the FIA can't do it without funds. Drivers know this but they cant speak out.

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    • Jun 2 2016 - 11:06
  • f1dave

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    Avoidable if Jules had decided to lift his foot off the throttle. End of story. Looks like his family wants one more payday to remember him by.

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    • Jun 2 2016 - 14:08
    • You've been posting this many times, do you have a script to follow? Just curious.

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      • Jun 2 2016 - 15:46
  • f1dave

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    Just never seen another comment that anybody has seen the post.

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    • Jun 2 2016 - 17:29
  • reg

    Posts: 162

    FIA is seriously at fault for not holding public and publicly accountable inquiry.
    The race management was dreadful.
    How come a crane which an FI car could partially go underneath was allowed anywhere near the circuit? Why did it not have bars fitted to prevent this?
    How come they put the crane on the circuit before every car had slowed to a reasonable speed?
    How come the crane was on the circuit before all cars were behind a safety car?
    Did the FIA and the Race Management not learn anything from the dreadful crash of María de Villota Comba, when she went under a truck?
    I think Jules Bianchi's parents are doing the right thing as clearly the FIA have washed their hands of any responsibility!

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    • Jun 2 2016 - 17:31
  • khasmir

    Posts: 893

    Hindsight is always 20/20...

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    • Jun 3 2016 - 19:20

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