Formula 1 race director Michael Masi says Antonio Giovinazzi losing a wheel in the Belgian Grand Prix is a “concern” and confirms an investigation is underway.
A rear wheel became detached from Giovinazzi’s Alfa Romeo after he spun into the barrier exiting Les Fangnes early in the Belgian GP last Sunday.
The wheel subsequently bounced back across the track and into the path of Williams driver George Russell, who was left with nowhere to go and hit it.
The issue of flying wheels was first addressed by the FIA with the introduction of tethers in 1999.
Their spec was upgraded in 2004, and again several times since, and in recent seasons it has been rare to see a wheel come off in an accident.
“Yes, it is a concern,” said Masi when asked about the incident.
“Why it became detached, I’m not 100% sure.
“But immediately once the car came