Jules Bianchi’s horrifying crash opens debate about full-course yellows and safety cars
AndreA de CesAris, 1959-2014
Andrea de Cesaris, a Formula 1 stalwart
from late 1980 until 1994, was killed in a
motorcycle accident in Rome on Oct. 5.
The Italian journeyman racer was just 55.
De Cesaris drove for McLaren in his
first full F1 season in 1981, but was most
famous for startling performances in Alfa
Romeos in ’82-’ 83. Although the cars were
unreliable, they were fast, and de Cesaris
took pole for the 1982 Toyota Grand Prix
of Long Beach, the same year he scored
his first podium finish at Monaco.
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The following season, he earned two
runner-up finishes at Hockenheim and
Kyalami, and was leading at Spa until
hitting mechanical difficulties.
Spells at Ligier, Minardi, Brabham, Rial
and Scuderia Italia yielded just a couple
of podium finishes, but Andrea produced
several fine performances in 1991 to help
earn Jordan GP fifth in the Constructors’
Championship in its debut season. He drove
for the financially struggling Tyrrell team
in ’ 92, taking it to sixth in the final points.
Formula 1 looked set to alter its yellow-flag rules following the huge accident at
the Japanese Grand Prix that left
Marussia driver Jules Bianchi with severe
head injuries and still fighting for his life
as this issue of RACER went to press.
The Frenchman, who is also one of
Ferrari’s junior drivers, aquaplaned off the
rain-soaked Suzuka track on lap 43 and
collided with a large tractor-crane
recovery vehicle which was in the process
F1 TO ERR ON THE SIDE OF CAUTION?
Spa in ’ 91 saw Andrea
almost win for Jordan,
as he closed on leader
Ayrton Senna, who had
gearbox issues. Sadly,
AdC’s engine let go.
SO MUCH PROMISE
Jules Bianchi was an F3 Euroseries champion and
runner-up in both GP2 Asia and FRenault 3. 5.
He scored Marussia’s first-ever points at Monaco
this year and was in strong contention to replace
Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari at the end of 2015.
First career podium: third at Monaco in ’ 82. It
was a track where de Cesaris shone; he took
fourth for Jordan there in his final year, 1994.
of retrieving Adrian Sutil’s spun Sauber.
FIA race director Charlie Whiting revealed
the Marussia left the track at 132mph,
and amateur video showed it spear under
the rear of the rescue crane. Bianchi was
diagnosed with a diffuse axonal injury.
Whiting confirmed the marshals on the
scene followed the correct flag procedure
– double-yellows for Sutil’s crash and a
green flag afterward – and that Bianchi had
slowed in compliance with the yellows,
although to what extent was unclear.
In a meeting at the inaugural Russian
GP that followed a week later, the FIA and
teams discussed introducing a rule that
forced drivers to slow down to a specific
delta time through an affected area of a
track. However, many racers and fans are
still calling for F1 to follow the U.S. racing
example of full-course cautions whenever
any recovery vehicles and course workers
are exposed trackside.
F1 drivers show their support
for seriously injured rival Jules
Bianchi before the start of the
Russian GP at Sochi Autodrom. s a m