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F1 2022

Ex-F1 driver wants FIA to act after 'utter stupidity' in Abu Dhabi race

F1 pundit Karun Chandhok has called for changes to be made following an incident in a Formula Regional Asian race at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.

Former F1 driver Karun Chandhok has called for the FIA to act following a "stupid" incident in a Formula Regional Asian race in Abu Dhabi.

During the second of three races held in the championship over the weekend, Hadrien David had been making progress through the field from 22nd when he ran wide after attempting to overtake Paul Aron.

When he rejoined the track, the French driver collided with Cem Bolukbasi and Pepe Marti, causing both to crash out of the event. David managed to stay on the circuit, but later retired in the pits.

Chandhok shared footage of the accident with his Twitter followers and suggested that the FIA need to look into putting a "natural deterrent" on the edge of the track to stop drivers from going off the circuit and keeping their position.

"Utter stupidity but also shows why the FIA needs to push for less asphalt run offs!" Chandhok wrote.

"I've said for many years that we need 5 meters of a “natural deterrent” (grass / gravel) on the edge of the track to stop people going off track and maintaining speed and position."

Much scrutiny on the FIA

Chandhok's post sparked a great deal of debate amongst his followers, with many drawing comparisons to similar scenarios in Formula 1.

There were calls amongst some in F1 to have further talks about what is and what is not deemed acceptable racing following certain incidents in 2021, particularly the controversial run-in between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton at the Brazilian Grand Prix.

The FIA have other issues to look into at the moment, too, with an investigation set to be carried out into the final laps of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, during which Verstappen beat Hamilton to be crowned World Champion.

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