Today, in a support race for the Macau Grand Prix, we saw this big accident. Fortunately nobody was seriously injured.
Last weekend, 22 year old Guido Falaschi was killed in a multi-car crash.
When I was at the BTCC at Silverstone, I saw a horrific near-miss, where a car came flying around a blind corner (trying to catch the pack who were under SC conditions), and nearly took out two marshals who were happening to be clearing up debris left by an accident
From my point of view, all these situations could have been prevented if drivers had reacted differently to yellow flags.
Recently, in all forms of motorsport, we've seen a lot of this type of thing. Drivers not slowing down suitably for yellow flag conditions, or further accidents occuring as drivers have entered an accident scene, find a car in the middle of the road, and crash into it.
Surely it is time to take a different approach. Penalising the drivers doesn't seem to work. Even in F1, which has big flashing yellow boards as well as the traditional marshal posts AND lights flashing on their steering wheel to inform them of a yellow flag zone, drivers are still called to the stewards for not slowing down enough.
Perhaps then, something should be done to the cars. What about some sort of electronic restriction that reduces cars to a suitable speed when going past an accident if they're unable to slow down accordingly on their own? Maybe as soon as a yellow flag is waved, something in race control could happen to limit cars of their speed in a sensible way, at the same time.
I'm just thinking aloud here, what does anyone else think? Am I missing something totally obvious?
Edited by JHS18, 20 November 2011 - 08:49 PM.