On Speed TV the regular announcers were assisted by Scott Pruett of Grand Am Prototype fame. He was incredulous after the wreck, with no sympathy for what he felt was an unconscionably bad move by McNish - and he went on a bit of a rant about what he thought was a move that did nothing but endanger the other racers.
The other commentators tried to soften his words, offering that McNish could have misjudged closure, or that the Ferrari should have stayed wide, but Pruett was insistent that McNish, an otherwise superlative driver, made an arrogant, unnecessary and truly dumb move so early in the race. What may not be visible in the YouTube clip is that there are two GT Porsches just ahead of the Ferrari, and had he not clipped the Ferrari he probably would have made contact with the Porsches at the turn's exit, given the closure involved.
Later Speed commentator Justin Bell interviewed his Dad, Derrek Bell (former Porsche 917 driver) about his thoughts on the wreck. He said that crash shocked him, because "back in the day" that crash would not have been survivable. Apparently in the 1971 917, Derrek's feet were about even with the front axle, with only some tube-frame chassis to (not) protect his legs. He was impressed with the crash-worthiness of the Audi's Dallara monocoque.
I can watch that crash with amazement over and over again, due to the motion of the disintegrating chassis. Just before the ARMCO the Audi skips like a stone on the water, and nearly vaults the barrier. It hits, spins like a top, but somehow hooks a wheel on the barrier and spins back towards the gravel trap, avoiding the track marshalls and photographers. Just amazing no by-standers were seriously injured or killed.