Tuscan GP red-flagged after big restart accident

The Tuscan Grand Prix has been placed under an early red flag after a multi-car crash following a safety car restart, leaving just 14 drivers left in the race.

Tuscan GP red-flagged after big restart accident

Formula 1's first-ever race at Mugello lasted just two corners before being placed under a safety car due to a collision that eliminated Max Verstappen and Pierre Gasly, both of whom made contact with Alfa Romeo's Kimi Raikkonen.

Valtteri Bottas had managed to take the lead from Mercedes teammate and pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton on the opening lap, and led the field away to restart the race on lap seven.

Bottas opted to slow the pack down and weave to get some heat into his tyres before pulling away to return the race to green, only for a number of cars to tangle behind.

The cars towards the back of the pack accelerated while those at the front went more slowly, with Antonio Giovinazzi running into the rear of Haas driver Kevin Magnussen.

It eliminated both on the spot and also resulted in contact with Nicholas Latifi and Carlos Sainz, putting all four drivers out of the race.

With debris strewn across the main straight, race control took the decision to red-flag the race, and return all of the cars to the pitlane.

It marks the second race in a row that has been red-flagged, following the stoppage in the Italian Grand Prix at Monza due to Charles Leclerc's crash.

The incident sparked an angry reaction from Haas driver Romain Grosjean.

"That was f**king stupid from whoever was at the front," Grosjean said. "They want to kill us or what? This is the worst thing I have seen ever."

Sainz called the incident "dangerous" over team radio, and was seen holding his hand in some discomfort as he got out of the car.

The race is set to resume with a standing start on the grid once the debris has been cleared, with Bottas leading from Hamilton and Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc. Just 14 cars remain in the race.

The stewards confirmed they will be investigating the incident on the pit straight, but have already announced they will be taking no action over the clash between Raikkonen, Verstappen and Gasly at Turn 2 on the opening lap.

shares
comments
The Tuscan Grand Prix as it happened
Previous article

The Tuscan Grand Prix as it happened

Next article

Verstappen: Crash a direct result of engine problem

Verstappen: Crash a direct result of engine problem
Load comments
Unpacking the technical changes behind F1 2022's rules shake-up Prime

Unpacking the technical changes behind F1 2022's rules shake-up

Formula 1 cars will look very different this year as the long-awaited fresh rules finally arrive with the stated aim of improving its quality of racing. We break down what the return of 'ground effect' aerodynamics - and a flurry of other changes besides - means for the teams, and what fans can expect

Formula 1
Jan 21, 2022
Why F1's new era is still dogged by its old world problems Prime

Why F1's new era is still dogged by its old world problems

OPINION: The 2022 Formula 1 season is just weeks away from getting underway, but instead of focusing on what is to come, the attention still remains on what has been – not least the Abu Dhabi title decider controversy. That, plus other key talking points, must be resolved to allow the series to warmly welcome in its new era

Formula 1
Jan 20, 2022
The Schumacher trait that will give Haas hope in F1 2022 Prime

The Schumacher trait that will give Haas hope in F1 2022

Mick Schumacher’s knack of improving during his second season in a championship was a trademark of his junior formula career, so his progress during his rookie Formula 1 campaign with Haas was encouraging. His target now will be to turn that improvement into results as the team hopes to reap the rewards of sacrificing development in 2021

Formula 1
Jan 19, 2022
The “glorified taxi” driver central to F1’s continued safety push Prime

The “glorified taxi” driver central to F1’s continued safety push

As the driver of Formula 1’s medical car, Alan van der Merwe’s job is to wait – and hope his skills aren’t needed. James Newbold hears from F1’s lesser-known stalwart.

Formula 1
Jan 15, 2022
When BMW added F1 'rocket fuel' to ignite Brabham's 1983 title push Prime

When BMW added F1 'rocket fuel' to ignite Brabham's 1983 title push

There was an ace up the sleeve during the 1983 F1 title-winning season of Nelson Piquet and Brabham. It made a frontrunning car invincible for the last three races to see off Renault's Alain Prost and secure the combination's second world title in three years

Formula 1
Jan 13, 2022
How “abysmal” reliability blunted Brabham’s first winner Prime

How “abysmal” reliability blunted Brabham’s first winner

Brabham’s first world championship race-winning car was held back by unreliable Climax engines – or so its creators believed, as STUART CODLING explains

Formula 1
Jan 10, 2022
The steps Norris took to reach a new level in the 2021 F1 season Prime

The steps Norris took to reach a new level in the 2021 F1 season

Lando Norris came of age as a grand prix driver in 2021. McLaren’s young ace is no longer an apprentice or a quietly capable number two – he’s proved himself a potential winner in the top flight and, as Stuart Codling finds out, he’s ready to stake his claim to greatness…

Formula 1
Jan 9, 2022
How Fangio set the bar for Schumacher and Hamilton in F1 Prime

How Fangio set the bar for Schumacher and Hamilton in F1

Juan Manuel Fangio, peerless on track and charming off it, established the gold standard of grand prix greatness. Nigel Roebuck recalls a remarkable champion.

Formula 1
Jan 8, 2022