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“How Did the FIA Let This Happen?”: New Footage of Gasly Incident Fuels Burning Rage as Marshall Narrowly Escapes High Speed F1 Car

Published 10/09/2022, 10:05 AM EDT

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Japanese GP, the second that ended under the timer this year, was marred by heavy rain. But that didn’t stop the race to take a dramatic turn. In the very first lap of the race, there were a couple of controversial moments.

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Carlos Sainz spun in the first lap and crashed with the barriers. The stewards then entered the track with a tractor, even before the cars came into the pits. The incident brought back the sad memory of Jules Bianchi, who crashed in the same race 8 years ago under similar circumstances and eventually lost his life.


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The video seen from Pierre Gasly’s dashcam was a shocking sight to witness. However, the severity of the incident is more clear now as different footage has come out. The sight of the tractor infuriated Pierre Gasly, who claimed that it could have killed him. Many other drivers also shared the same feeling.

The race started under a rolling start behind the safety car. Max Verstappen cruised to his 12th victory of the season. The Dutchman also won his second World Championship in the process. Red Bull completed the 1-2 after Charles Leclerc was handed a 5-second penalty and Sergio Perez was awarded the 2nd position.

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Despite all the bright shining moments, F1 Twitter wasn’t going to let FIA’s incompetence go unnoticed. Additionally, they asked numerous questions about the governing body’s decision on how such a blunder occurred in the first place.

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In a horrific incident, Twitter users questioned FIA’s decision and the safety of the drivers after the first lap incident. Moreover, Sergio Perez, Pierre Gasly, and many other drivers also spoke up about the same.

F1 Twitter shared their opinions on the social media platform.


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Additionally, some people couldn’t believe there was a marshall on the track.


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Furthermore, Pierre Gasly was given a 20-second time penalty and two penalty points on his FIA superlicence for speeding under red flags.


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Fans and professionals around the world could not believe the shocking instance that took place in the first lap of the Japanese GP. Fans were quick to address their disappointment and shock at the sight of a crane on the racetrack. The FIA has probed a further investigation into the matter.

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Written by:

Tanmay Khanna


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Tanmay Khanna is a Formula 1 Author at EssentiallySports. He has always been an avid sports fan, with F1 and soccer being his two favorites. Due to his inherent love for sports and competition, he has been able to understand the world of F1 inside out.
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Ranvijay Singh