mercedes driver gary paffett lashes out at dtm for hungaroring farce

16:00    04 Jun 2018

Mercedes driver Gary Paffett
Mercedes driver Gary Paffeet has lashed out at DTM race organisers for their lack of urgency in bringing out the red flags in Sunday’s Hungaroring race.

The onset of rain shortly after the start of the race forces drivers to pit for wet tyres, but the treacherous conditions caused several dangerous incidents.

Lucas Auer pitted on Lap 6 but with no grip he was unable to stop at his slot and struck the pit building, injuring marshals in the process.

With an ambulance car driving into the pitlane, the safety car was deployed, but five more drivers were just entering the pits. One of them, Mercedes’ Edoardo Mortara, had another incident as he took down his own pit gantry.

The race was finally red flagged when BMW's Bruno Spengler was involved in another incident.

Paffett said the race should have been red flagged far earlier, arguing that Mortara's crash with the pit equipment "could have killed people".

When asked if the race should have been stopped after Auer's incident, Paffett said: "Should have been, absolutely, without a doubt. I mean already it was too bad, already a guy was injured then.”

He added, "The whole race was disastrous, it was the most embarrassing DTM race I've been in the last 15 years.

"Honestly don't know how you can let a race carry on with a guy with a broken leg in the pitlane. It is ridiculous.

"How can you have an ambulance parked in the pitlane and let people do pitstops on a surface that you already see is like ice? I don't understand it.

"As soon as you see one accident like that, you red flag the race immediately. You know people are gonna make pitstops because it is raining.

"When you see one thing like that happen, you stop the race, you don't let more come in. Edo hit the pit gantry and it could have killed people."


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