MONZA, Italy, Reuters
Team boss Eddie Jordan praised the safety of Formula One cars after his two drivers escaped injury in an opening lap pile-up at the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday.
German Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Italian Jarno Trulli were involved in a six-car pile-up with Spaniard Pedro de la Rosa’s Arrows flying through the air at the la Roggia chicane.
All the drivers escaped uninjured. However a marshall was reported by ANSA news agency to have died after receiving head and chest injuries following the smash.
“The new chicanes compounded the situation of 22 cars running very close together and so the first few laps were always going to be nail-biting,” Jordan said.
“The cars were going to be going in at different speeds and entering the braking area at different times. You’ll always have a problem like we did today. But it is a mark of the safety of today’s Formula One cars that they can survive such massive accidents without getting hurt.”