Pierre Gasly and other drivers in the paddock had a shocker with the missile attacks. The incident is reported to have happened days ahead of the Saudi Arabian GP. The explosion was followed by a fire erupting at an oil depot in Jeddah. Yemen’s Houthi rebels have taken full responsibility of the attacks in Jeddah. This led to a precarious situation which had never occurred ahead of a Formula 1 race.
The incident wasn’t taken out by the authorities at once. But when it was confirmed that it had terrorist links to it, FIA became proactive as it had to take a crucial decision. All the drivers and the teams were brought together to a room to take a decision on the same. Nothing trumps the safety of the individuals at any given point in time.
But the drivers and the teams decided to go ahead with the race. This shows the courage these drivers and the crew of the respective teams possess. But it wasn’t as easy to come to a conclusion as it looks. It’s reported that it almost took more than four hours of deliberation to reach to a consensus. This clearly means that there must have been a lot of difference of opinions within the paddock as to whether to go ahead with the race or not.
Pierre Gasly and other drivers in the paddock decide to go ahead with the race in Saudi Arabia amidst such a threatening situation
Pierre Gasly was one of the first ones to address the situation, according to gpblog. He said, “The teams have reached an agreement to do the race this weekend in Saudi Arabia. The missile attacks in Jeddah last week still create a threatening situation.”
“Everyone was able to give their opinion. We are all aligned with our intentions.”
“The drivers and teams have unanimously decided to race, but the fact that they are aligned in terms of intentions does not mean that everyone is behind that choice.”
Pierre Gasly and other drivers have taken this courageous decision to go ahead with the race amidst such a threatening situation. We all understand the financial aspect of the race but the safety of the driver is the priority. Let’s hope everything goes according to plan at the Saudi Arabian GP.