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Ferrari want improved driving standards

After watching in horror as their lead driver Fernando Alonso was engulfed in a frightening crash at the start of the 2012 F1 Belgian Grand Prix, Ferrari are pushing for improved driving standards.
Still reeling from the multi-car pile-up at the start of the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa on Sunday, Ferrari says that more has to be done to improve the standard of driving in F1 in the future.

The crash was triggered by a rash move from Lotus driver Romain Grosjean, who pulled across the track to try and get in front of Lewis Hamilton but ended up touching wheels and spinning, resulting in the crash that wrecked not only those cars but Sauber's Sergio Perez and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.

The race stewards later handed Grosjean a one race ban for "an extremely serious breach of the regulations," adding: "the team conceded the action of the driver was an extremely serious mistake and an error of judgement."

Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali was clearly deeply unhappy about the standard of driving displayed by Grosjean, and by others such as Pastor Maldonado who also received a double grid penalty for Monza for jumping the start and then colliding with Marussia's Timo Glock.

Both Grosjean and Maldonado arrived in F1 imediately after winning the GP2 Series championship. Other GP2 graduates currently on the F1 grid include Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, Nico Hulkenberg and Timo Glock.

"It would be better if, starting with the junior formulae, rules relating to on-track behaviour were enforced in an inflexible manner," suggested Domenicali. "[We want] to have drivers as well prepared as possible when they reach this, the highest level of motor sport."

He added: "I can only say that the judgement falls to the FIA."

Domenicali also spoke of the moments immediately after the accident when the team were anxiously awaiting news of Alonso's condition in the cockpit.

"All Ferrari fans went through a heart-stopping moment after the accident, especially as we could not communicate with him," said Domenicali. "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."

Alonso explained later that the fire extinguishers had gone off in the wrecked Ferarri, and that he hadn't been able to catch his breath to talk on the radio and let the team know he was okay.




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