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Robert Kubica cleared of blame of rally accident

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hamsterace - Unregistered

May 05, 2011 12:14 PM

Jeez - what do they mean BLAME?

The guy was on a rally, trying (as ever) his hardest, and got it ever so slightly wrong. I'm not a rallying man by any means, but I can see - and hats off to them for having the balls to do it in the first place - that a small mistake can turn into a big accident.

What would the accident investigation have done if they had found him "guilty"? Chucked one of the most talented drivers in the world (who had just spent 76 days in hospital, many of them in a very serious condition) in jail? Fined him? Banned him from future competitions?

No-one wants to see reckless driving or needless accidents, but in a sport where human error - however minor - accounts for the majority of all accidents, trying to rationalise it in this way seems pointless to me.

Mario - Unregistered

May 05, 2011 12:37 PM

What would be classified as a wrongdoing, as he did make a mistake since he crashed. Could someone tell in what he could have been "blamed for any wrongdoing"?

Adie. - Unregistered

May 05, 2011 12:41 PM

The laws in Italy are very different than in England.Just look at the way Senna's and Rindt's deaths were dealt with.I am no expert but apparently in Italian law there has to be a guilty party!!

Taz - Unregistered

May 05, 2011 12:51 PM

Isn't there still arrest warrants for Frank and Patrick in Italy over the Senna crash ? ....that was still rumbling on back in 2004, no idea if it was ever resolved.

andrew. - Unregistered

May 05, 2011 12:56 PM

Taz - even thoguh the crash was driver error?! Madness!!

It'll be interesting to see who gets the blame for this one, even though it was just one of those nasty things that happens in life.

Taz - Unregistered

May 05, 2011 1:00 PM


Are you talking baout the Senna crash ?

this answers my question

"The Williams team was entangled for many years in a court case with the Italian prosecutors over manslaughter charges, ending in a guilty verdict for Patrick Head. The Italian Court of Appeal, on April 13, 2007, stated the following in the verdict numbered 15050: "It has been determined that the accident was caused by a steering column failure. This failure was caused by badly designed and badly executed modifications. The responsibility of this falls on Patrick Head, culpable of omitted control". Even being found responsible for Senna's accident, Patrick Head wasn't arrested: in Italy the statute of limitation for manslaughter is 7 years and 6 months, and the final verdict was pronounced 13 years after the accident"

andrew. - Unregistered

May 05, 2011 1:06 PM

Taz - I always thought it was due to Senna going slow behind the safety then gunning to too soon before his tyres had returned to the optimum pressure and temperature causing his cars ride height to be lower. He then drove over a kerb and lost control. I thought the steering column failure theory had been dropped.

Taz - Unregistered

May 05, 2011 1:10 PM


google "Death of Ayrton Senna", there's a wiki page...not that you should believe everything on Wikipedia....far from it.

It's sad reading.

Dan - Unregistered

May 05, 2011 3:47 PM

This really didn't need investigating, accidents happen. I doubt he went rallying intending to smash into a solid wall at high speed. Honestly..


May 05, 2011 4:51 PM

No offence is intended but people (some) should really make an effort to get well informed/educated about a subject that they rush/dive head first into on a forum/discussion, now a day there is the means and it's for free to get oneself well informed/educated about any subject imaginable.
Anything that happens in a public place (and that includes a race track) that is considered capable of having serious consequences should and is obligatory to be investigated. No accident happens if nothing goes wrong, when an accident happen it should be investigated and the cause pinpointed/unearthed only in that way can similar accident be avoided.

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