Davidson blames tight pitlane for crash
|By Steve Cooper and Jonathan Noble||Friday, June 29th 2007, 16:11 GMT|
Anthony Davidson and his Super Aguri team have blamed the narrow pitlane in Magny-Cours for the bizarre collision in second free practice on Friday.
The British driver was exiting his garage when he ran into the side of Vitantonio Liuzzi's Toro Rosso - knocking his front wing off in the process.
Speaking about the incident afterwards, Davidson said that the lack of space in the pitlane meant he did not see Liuzzi coming down the road towards him.
"I just got the all-clear to go and I went," he said. "I didn't even see the car - that's why I hit it.
"I couldn't even tell you who it was. By the time I was at the angle of going, I had completely released the clutch and was just trying to get out there, being the last one in the pitlane.
"That's why we run a slower speed in the pitlane here because it is tight and tough on everyone. I remember the incident between Mark Webber and Michael Schumacher a few years ago."
Super Aguri managing director Daniel Audetto said that his team had too little space at the end of the pitlane - and if Formula One was to return to the track he would ask for improvements.
"The pitlane is very narrow here," he said. "If we were to come back here, we'd have to ask them to make the pitlane larger and move the wall further back.
"Especially for us, having the first pit garage in the pitlane, it's so close when you go out – and some cars just go past us with centimetres to spare."
Even drivers further up the pitlane have complained about the lack of space.
Mark Webber said about the incident: "That was clumsy – but it's easily done. It's a tight pitlane and the garages too: we can't come out of them at the right angle.
"You have to come out straight and then yank on the lock. It's just a bit tight."