Cape Town - Renault warned Charlie Whiting in race control that Nico
Hulkenberg's RS18 could have been "live" as the marshals went to push
it following his breakdown in Hungary.
Hulkenberg's race at the Hungaroring came to a premature end
when his Renault F1 car suffered an electrical failure.
As the team wasn't receiving any information from the car,
they were uncertain whether it was live.
But while Hulkenberg jumped out of the car, making a point
not to touch it, the marshals present almost immediately began to push the car
out of harms way, and did so without wearing protective gloves.
"The marshals dived in straight away and started
pushing the car," Renault’s technical director Nick Chester told
"We got on the radio to Charlie and said ‘look, we
don’t know what state the car’s in because everything died completely and we
have got no data’.
"But the marshals were already pushing it around by
"They lived, so it wasn’t live..."
Whiting explained that all marshals should wear gloves at
all times as they never know if a car is live or not.
"If a car stops, they don’t stop to see what it’s like
then put their gloves on if necessary," said the FIA race director.
"They should wear them all the time, that’s our
"You can’t always be sure whether the systems are
working correctly so as a precautionary measure they should always all be