Domenicali calls for more stringent rule-making
3 September 2012 – Ferrari’s Stefano Domenicali has looked to motorsport governing body the FIA after the multiple collision at the start of the Belgian Grand Prix. With Fernando Alonso having suffered minor injuries in the crash caused by Lotus’ Romain Grosjean, the Team Principal believes that more severe punishments should be handed out for drivers when committing such errors in the many series leading up to Formula 1.
“First, the good news: Fernando is fine,” Domenicali said. “All of us went through a heart-stopping moment after the accident, especially as we could not communicate with him. Only when we saw him emerge from the cockpit could we let out a first sigh of relief and then we began to breathe normally when we saw him make it back to the garage.
“As for the accident, I can only say that the judgement falls to the FIA. What is certain is that it would be better if, starting with the junior formulae, rules relating to on-track behaviour were enforced in an inflexible manner, so as to have drivers as well prepared as possible when they reach this, the highest level of motorsport.”
Grosjean, who has been involved in seven early race incidents across the 12 Grands Prix to be staged so far this year, has now received a one-race ban for Monza this weekend.