The safety car was deployed on the first lap of the inaugural Tuscan Grand Prix after three cars collided – and there was even more carnage during the restart.
A series of collisions took place down the start-finish straight, leading to the race being red-flagged.
The incidents were caused by a few drivers heavily accelerating before Valtteri Bottas, who was leading the pack, had decided to restart the race.
He waited until the last moment as he didn’t want to give team-mate Lewis Hamilton an opportunity to slipstream and overtake him down the main straight.
Haas driver Romain Grosjean quickly got on the radio to his race engineer following the crash and called for the leader of the pack to be banned.
“That was f****** stupid from whoever was at the front. They want to kill us or what?
“That was… whoever did that should be f****** banned,” Grosjean added.
Grosjean managed to take evasive action to avoid the pile-up and was able to finish the race in 12th position – last of all the cars which finished the race.
Bottas didn’t break any rules during the restart, and he wasn’t penalised by the stewards.
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