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2015-08-17 14:24

WHO'S TO BLAME? Ex- Formula 1 doctor Gary Hartstein says the sports governing body's medical team should be held liable for the death of French driver Jules Bianchi (pictured). Image: Instagram

LONDON, England - Former Formula 1 doctor Gary Hartstein has launched an attack on officials of the sport's governing body following the death of Jules Bianchi.

His comments follow hot on the heels of those made by Williams driver Felipe Massa, who said Bianchi's death has united the drivers, and Sauber driver Felipe Nasr, who said F1 is still pushing to improve safety.


Hartstein, however, tagged both Massa and  Nasr in a social media post on Twitter by saying the drivers should be focusing their attention elsewhere.

The American said: "the (FIA) should start by demanding the firing of the (F1) medical delegate."

Hartstein and the FIA have had an acidic relationship since his contract was not renewed at the end of 2012.

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The FIA's current medical delegate is Jean-Charles Piette, but Hartstein said the medical commission's chief Gerard Saillant is "even more clueless".

Some of Hartstein's tweets over the weekend (August 15-16 2015) were apparently deleted, but he insists that: "everything I said is factual and meant as such, not as insults".

Nonetheless, he was scathing of Piette, insisting he is "responsible for the disastrous land-based evacuation of their (Massa and Nasr's) late colleague (Bianchi)".


Hartstein said there should have been "no racing" occurring at Japanese track Suzuka at the time of Bianchi's crash as the helicopter was grounded and the estimated evacuation time to hospital was more than 30 minutes.

Hartstein said: "And his (Piette's) total lack of knowledge or experience in trauma care places them at risk every time they're out" on track."

So until Hartstein's concerns about the FIA medical team are addressed, he said Massa and Nasr's "concern for their own safety rings a bit hollow. Start with the basics guys!"

Hartstein thinks the FIA could even be held liable for Bianchi's death.

"I expect that the Bianchis have been told that. I believe they (the FIA) are indeed liable."

Harstein traded tweets with Spanish F1 website la.f1.es.

The American also aimed fire at the FIA president Jean Todt. Hartstein said: "The sport was not his agenda. He (Todt) was his agenda. Even his road safety crap is all show, no meat."


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