Surprise, surprise, following his disqualification from last weekend’s Australian Grand Prix, Rubens Barrichello has called for changes to me made to the pitlane signals. The lights are positioned at the far end of the pitlane and signal to the drivers if it is safe to join the track. According to Barrichello, he did not see the red light and believes a new system is the only way to prevent similar incidents occurring in the future.
I never saw a red light. I will never see it and I don’t pretend to see it. They are in the wrong places and by the time you see it, it is too late. You have already gone past it. Rubens Barrichello.
I will never see it. A little pesimistic, me thinks. But maybe Rubens has a point. When asked if there could be another way of informing drivers, Rubens suggested a large display, similar to what was erected at Turn Three to warn drivers of yellow flags.
Barrichello’s comments seem a little whiney, and no other driver has come forward to say that the lights are hard or impossible to see. Surely the solution would be to reposition them, or for the cockpit light idea to be developed further. There was talk a while ago of lights being illuminated on the driver’s steering wheel to warn of yellow flags. Surely if this technology is possible – and it is – it could be extended to show the pitlane signal among other things.
Or, someone from the team could radio the driver as they travel down the pitlane. Lots of possibilities!
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