Maurizio Arrivabene has explained the reasons behind Ferrari’s botched Bahrain GP pit stop and says the team are working with the FIA to ensure there is no repeat of the incident.
Scuderia mechanic Francesco Cigarini suffered a double leg fracture after Kimi Raikkonen was given the green light to leave the pits before his left rear tyre had been replaced, in what was Ferrari’s second pit-stop malfunction of the weekend.
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The dramatic incident cranked up the pressure on the Italian outfit for of the Chinese GP, and Arrivabene sought to clarify just what happened in Bahrain.
“We have a procedure to ensure that the pit stops during the race are done in the most safe mode,” the Ferrari team principal said. “In this case, we have three factors. One involves human control, the other involves mechanical, and the other involves electronic device.
“What happened there, we had a mishandling and the rear left was not perfectly read by the electronic device, which then gives the green light.”
Formula 1’s race director Charlie Whiting has been shown through Ferrari’s pit-stop process in Shanghai, with Arrivabene adding: “We went through all the procedure together with FIA to make sure this kind of thing doesn’t happen again.
“It’s in our interest, because we care about our people before anything else.”
Ferrari put in plenty of pit-stop practice during the first session of the China weekend, with debate continuing over whether the procedures need to be changed to improve safety.
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Arrivabene was, however, happy to report that Cigarini has travelled back to Italy as he continues his recovery.
“Francesco is fine,” he claimed. “He went back to Italy yesterday so it’s all under control.
“As a team principal, I was talking to him every day. He’s at home, it’s all OK.”
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