F1 » FIA to review Korea fire truck incident

The FIA is to review the sequence of events that led to a fire marshall's truck taking to the track in Korea before the safety car itself had time to be properly deployed.

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October 07, 2013 11:07 AM

I'm not a genius, but maybe I can explain it. Webber took his time getting out of the blazing Red Bull. I started to worry about him myself. Lets not forget the images of old when the sport was more dangerous than The Running of the Bulls in Pamplona. Fire is what got the best of a majorty of the victims in F1. Everyone at the track was kinda flipped out because this was an unusually quick fire. Fires don't wait for anybody. They were simply responding the best way they could to a dangerous situation with the "Fire Truck." Wasn't it a Jeep Sebastian? Anyway, maybe the marshals could have come to Mark's side a little quicker, but I wasn't there to see what was going on. Its no ones fault.


October 07, 2013 11:30 AM

Whatever way you look at it it was a **** up of sizeable proportions.
The first marshal took too long to get to the car and then when he got there didn't seem to have a clue what to do, pointing his extinguisher at a part of the car that wasn't on fire.
The fire truck should never have been put on a live track, no excuses.

Imagine if Webber had been knocked unconscious in the impact, he'd have been in big trouble.

If that incident had happened at a track with experienced marshals it would have been dealt with far more efficiently and safely.


October 07, 2013 11:39 AM
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The fire couldn't give a cr@p about waiting for the safety car. I agree though, the marshal had no clue about using a fire extinguisher. Voluntear or not, they should be given some training.

The white flags were out, so the drivers would have known an emergency vehicle was on the circuit. I's ask the FIA what was in that black smoke (burning fluids, plastics, epoxies etc) and how many lungfulls of it they'ed expect any downwind spectators or marshals to suck in.

No drivers were in any danger, and if the FAI is so interested in safety maybe they should review the whole "safety" car system as just about every race I know of the intervention of the safety car puts more cars/drivers at risk du to the bunching and restart proceedure.

There's got to be a better way to clear the circuit of vehicles so the marshals can clear the debris, without setting the field up for a smash up on the restart....


October 07, 2013 12:41 PM

I guess you guys are right. What if someone were REALLY on fire, as in a freak fuel cell puncture. And maybe knocked unconscious as Taipan said. That would have been really bad.
I guess it comes down to the modern trend of having races in places where the marshals may have as much experience with rickshaw fires as they do with automotive fires. Bring back San Marino. Bring back France. Bring back Indy!


October 07, 2013 12:52 PM

The older UK users may remember the old Barratt Homes TV ads that used the helicopter?
I was a site manager with them at the time and a couple of times a year the MD would visit sites in the helicopter and we had to train a couple of labourers in fire safety to deal with any problems. As the helicopter was leaving one day it got to about 20 feet and smoke started poring out of the engine, my two labourers stood there open mouthed as the helicopter plunged to the ground engulfed in smoke when they made the heroic decision to throw their fire extinguishers at the helicopter and ran away!
Nobody was hurt but the MD did need a change of trousers and he wasn't too impressed at my fire safety training.

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