Euro­pean F3 teams an­gered by Zandvoort crane in­ci­dent

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Euro­pean For­mula 3 Cham­pi­onship com­peti­tors ex­pressed their anger af­ter a crane re­trieved a stranded car un­der yel­low flags dur­ing Sun­day’s fi­nal race at Zandvoort.

Car­lin driver We­iron Tan went off track at one of the Dutch cir­cuit’s fast righthanders near the back of the cir­cuit in the fi­nal stages of the race, which was won by Prema’s Max­i­m­il­ian Gun­ther ( see right), with a crane dis­patched to re­cover his Dal­lara.

The ve­hi­cle was sent against the di­rec­tion of the cir­cuit from the fol­low­ing cor­ner to col­lect the stranded car, which was sep­a­rated from the cir­cuit by an ex­ten­sive grass run-off area, with lo­cal yel­low flags in place where Tan crashed.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred on the first an­niver­sary of the death of Jules Bianchi, who died nine months af­ter in­juries sus­tained in a col­li­sion with a re­cov­ery crane dur­ing the 2014 Ja­panese Grand Prix at Suzuka.

“Bizarre, isn’t it? I was re­ally sur­prised to see that,” said Mo­topark team boss Timo Rumpfkeil.

“Also, on the team ra­dio chan­nel [to race con­trol] at first Olly Oakes [Hitech GP di­rec­tor] was com­plain­ing about it, then Prema were con­firm­ing they were also un­happy about it.

“I think it was quite dan­ger­ous, be­cause at the end of the day it’s so easy to drop a wheel, and you don’t ever want to imag­ine what hap­pens if some­one hits the crane.

“To race with the crane on the bloody cir­cuit, it’s clearly not the per­fect so­lu­tion.”

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