Coulthard: Grid Formation Rules Required

David Coulthard has called on the FIA to take action to ensure that there can be no repeat of the kind of crash that Michael Schumacher and Christijan Albers suffered before the start of the Chinese Grand Prix

Coulthard: Grid Formation Rules Required

Schumacher was cruising around conserving fuel to take his place on the grid when he was side-swiped by a speedy Albers - badly damaging both cars and forcing both men to take the spare cars for the start of the race.

And Coulthard, who is a director of the Grand Prix Drivers' Association, believes the time has come for action to be taken to ensure that such huge speed differentials when cars are on the track should become a thing of the past.

"To be honest I nearly came together with a Jordan and Toyota out there," he told ITV before the start of the race. "Some drivers are going slowly conserving fuel and some of us are trying to get heat into their tyres and brakes.

"It usually takes an incident to make things happen and I think now is the time to make the cars operate at a safe speed when they are out on the track to make sure there is no repeat of incidents like today."

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