Albon criticises “silly” decision to start Q2 with crane on track · RaceFans

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Alexander Albon says he does not understand why race control allowed Q2 to start while Nicholas Latifi’s car was still being recovered by a crane and marshals.

Latifi spun into the gravel on the exit of turn eight at the end of the first stage of qualifying for the Turkish Grand Prix. The pit lane was opened for the start of Q2 before Latifi’s car had been recovered.

Track workers being still in the process of recovering Latifi’s Williams with a crane as drivers left the pits. Double yellow flags were waved to signal danger at the corner.

Albon questioned why the start of the second session was not delayed to allow the marshals to clear the track before the track was opened.

“The crane was still out when we were driving around,” he said. “That wasn’t very good.”

Qualifying had been delayed due to two red flags periods in Q1. Albon suspected race control were concerned they may not be able to complete the session before darkness fell at the track.

“I imagine that we were trying to make sunset and we rushed everything, but that was silly,” he said. “I’m sure we could have waited another five minutes for a crane to move.”

Albon says he was warned about the hazard by his engineer as he exited the pit lane. “The guys were on it very quickly, they were like ‘okay, be careful, there’s a crane on track’,” he explained.

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“I think there must’ve been some misjudgement between [race control] because there’s no way they did it on purpose. It was just hard to understand where the decision came from because the crane was still on track lifting Latifi and we got the call out to go onto the track and wait at the end of the pit lane. I was expecting like a five minute signal, but it was one minute to go to green.

“I was like, ‘okay, they must have moved that crane pretty quickly’, but obviously they didn’t have enough time.”

It marks the second consecutive race weekend where an incident has raised concerns about marshal safety in the sport. During the Emilio-Romagna Grand Prix at Imola, lapped cars were released behind the Safety Car before marshals had finished sweeping debris at Acque Minerale, passing mere metres from workers on track at near racing speeds.

Albon also believes F1 is fortunate not to have seen a serious incident as a result of the extremely low grip levels at the Istanbul Park circuit this weekend.

“I think we’ve been lucky not to have a big crash today,” he said. “We’ve had some close calls, obviously, going into turn three.

“I mean, I enjoy difficult weather. I enjoy difficult conditions. I enjoy when there’s more to it than a normal weekend. But at the same time, this is most probably a step towards it being excessively dangerous, let’s say.”

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