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Hamilton slams F1 track designs after Sainz’s crash in Russia



Hamilton slams F1 track designs after Sainz's crash in Russia

Hamilton slams F1 track designs after Sainz’s crash in Russia

Lewis Hamilton slammed track design as a high-speed dreadful smash rocked F1 and led to demands for improved safety.

The 21-year-old, who lost control of his Toro Rosso car braking at more than 300kph and then skewed into the wall at Turn 13.

Why we only have one designer

The double-time world champion hit out at F1’s official designer: “I like that there is a variety of circuits in F1, old and new, but I often wonder why we only have one designer.

“Sometimes I think when I retire I will start designing tracks myself and give Hermann Tilke some competition. I know what drivers like.

“Quite often the new generation of tracks don’t grasp the true essence of F1.

“I know there are restrictions to do with safety but circuits often feel too calculated.

“Too many new tracks have too little character. There are exceptions like Austin but this one does not stand out so much.”

More drivers called for safety improvements

Max Verstappen, Jenson Button and Sebastian Vettel joined the clamor for a safety probe into the smash and immediate action.

Attention is now turning to the nature of Sainz’s crash, after marshals and doctors took several minutes to reach the Spaniard whose head and cockpit was buried deep underneath the high-technology ‘tec-pro’ barriers.

“It was not ideal,” Sainz’s teammate Max Verstappen said. “They need to find a solution for that.”

Jenson Button agreed: “It definitely needs to be looked at.”

And Sebastian Vettel said: “This needs to be looked at because the barriers are supposed to absorb the energy, not go up in the air and come down on the driver.”

Fingers were being pointed at F1’s lower noses for 2015, with Red Bull official Dr Helmut Marko saying “We were the first ones to warn” about the risk of cars submarining underneath rival cars or barriers.

Sainz hopes to race after huge Sochi crash

Carlos Sainz checked himself out of hospital late on Saturday and is hoping to contest today’s Russian grand prix.

Earlier, reports suggested the Spaniard would stay under observation overnight following his high-speed crash underneath the tec-pro barriers in qualifying, but Toro Rosso is now clearing the path for him to race on Sunday.

“As you can see I’m fine,” the 21-year-old told Spanish television.

“It was nothing in the end, it was just a scare. A big scare, but just a scare.”

Indeed, Sainz’s manager Borja Ortiz-Echague said the 21-year-old was determined to keep his booking for dinner with fellow Spaniard Fernando Alonso.

Sainz said he is completely unhurt after undergoing several tests, having never lost consciousness in the crash.

“(I have) a bit of a sore neck and back, but with a bit of rest I’m going to try to race,” he revealed.

“I can’t give you any guarantees, but I’m going to do all I can to race and if I can’t then I’ll just rest and think about the next one.” (ThisisF1/GMM)



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