He had not been running round oblivious of the problem of visibility. With his forward vision impaired, he used his peripheral vision to navigate using the yellow track markers as reference points. Realising the black flag was imminent he waited until there no car behind and ran over ribbed curbing to dislodge the broken nose.
Laffite: " I didn't like racing today. The rain, it was impossible to see"
Watson: " the worst conditions I have ever driven in. At times you could see virtually nothing"
Villeneuve: " as for the rain, I didn't mind it a bit. Nothing in the world would have made me stop. I wanted to finish in the first three so I could go up on the podium and if I had stopped in the pits it would have undermined all my efforts. It was a risk I took and I knew the consequences. That's my way of racing and I can't see any justification for doing it any other way."