Sainz was one of several drivers involved in dangerous release incidents during the Zandvoort weekend, in which case he went onto the track Fernando Alonso.
Sainz received a five-second penalty for the dangerous gap, but the Spaniard is more concerned about the potential risks to crew members on the calendar’s tighter pitlanes.
The upcoming race in Singapore also features one of the tightest pitlanes of the season.
“Definitely, I think it’s not talked about enough, that we go to pit lanes throughout the year that are definitely too tight,” he said.
“And we need to improve safety for mechanics because we forget that people in suits and helmets during pit stops are in the middle of cars traveling at 80 km/h and they are centimeters away from accidents and very dangerous situations.
“And I feel that Zandvoort is a great track, I want to go back there every year. And I want to continue racing in Zandvoort, Singapore, Budapest, but I’m talking about narrow pit lanes.
Carlos Sainz, Ferrari F1-75, in the pits
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“We need to think about the mechanics and how tight everything is in there, because it’s too tight. And I think we need to improve security.”
Sainz noted that pitlanes can be particularly dangerous when multiple cars stop during safety car situations and teams try to put their cars together.
“We talk a lot about car safety, track safety. But in the pit lane, I’m worried that one day something will happen when we have these narrow pit lanes and there’s so much going on, especially when there are multiple pit stops at the same time.”
Chairman of the GPDA George Russell agreed that the FIA should consider the pit lane.
“Definitely, it was too crowded in Zandvoort, and something needs to be done about it,” he said Mercedes driver. “There is no doubt about it. It must be very difficult for the guys who make pit stops.
“If a car is coming at you at 60 or 80 km/h and you’re leaving, the tires are cold, the car crashes. So on a track like this, I’m not really sure what the solution is. But we definitely need to find a better compromise.”