Organisers of the Korean Grand Prix will escape sanction despite a mid-race blunder that saw a Jeep fire vehicle deployed mid-race.
The event’s future was already under a dark cloud before the bizarre sight, where a silver Jeep Cherokee fire vehicle suddenly emerged along the circuit’s back straight to put out a fire on Mark Webber’s stricken car.
Race leader Sebastian Vettel was the first driver to come across the 4×4, and he was rather lucky to avoid our needing to update our ‘Top 10 Course Car Moments of Mayhem’ feature article!
FIA race director Charlie Whiting confirmed, contrary to initial speculation, that race control had authorised the dispatch of a fire vehicle, but that the marshals had sent the wrong car.
“We assumed they would send out the car that was in Turn 3, because that’s where the burning Red Bull was,” he told Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport.
“It wouldn’t even have had to go on the track, but for some reason they sent the car that was in Turn 2.
“When I saw the car on the screen, I immediately deployed the safety car,” he added. “Not because of the fire, but because of the car.
“I would say it was a classic misunderstanding,” he added, in what is possibly a masterstroke of understatement.