F1 » Adrian Newey shocked by Wheldon death

Red Bull Racing's Chief Technical Officer Adrian Newey has confessed that the death of Dan Wheldon in an IndyCar race accident last weekend was a 'shockwave'.

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October 22, 2011 2:57 PM

I am sure that everybody without exception that is connected to the sports and all that follow it were sad at that loss of life.
A loss of life or a bad accident is never good for the spoerts.

me - Unregistered

October 22, 2011 6:32 PM

as 107 said, sad they might be but shocked? really? i think shocked is to much said because everybody in racing knows that this might actually happen with all the safety measures that are being taken to prevent that. it is a fact.

Don - Unregistered

October 23, 2011 4:20 AM

IndyCar's schedule is almost half ovals and have road/street courses. They've had many huge oval crashes over the years (Mike Conway's crash at Indy)but no deaths for several years. The safety of the cars have been quite remarkable considering the severity of some of the accidents. You take for granted that everyone's going to come out OK. Dan's tragic death is a reminder that motorsport is a dangerous business, especially when traveling at an AVERAGE speed of almost 225 mph on an oval. RIP Dan.

boss b - Unregistered

October 23, 2011 7:13 AM

oval racing in formula cars makes the sport even more dangerous.

The weight of indycar chassis probably makes them safer than F1 cars. I'm still very saddened by the news.

Th Indianapolis motor speedway has the mot racing fatalities of any track that hosts a major racing event. Proof that oval racing is very dangerous.

I was always in favor of dropping the oval part in indy racing. Make the indy 500 a road race on the IMS road course.

At least nascar has closed cockpits that offer a bit more protection and they just don't go as fast.

Chris4240 - Unregistered

October 23, 2011 2:08 PM

Thank you Newey for proper comment, not like your armchair driver Weber.
Indy 500 is oldest race in world,100 years, and is something to stay.
Motor racing is, was and will be deadly sport today we lost Simoncelli tomorrow who knows.
Dan won two times Indy 500, for me it is like two world championships of F1.


October 23, 2011 3:45 PM

IMS may be the track with the most fatalities, but it has been running that race for 100 years, so I guess it would, wouldn't it? Such statistics must be qualified to mean anything.

Anyone any thoughts on whether a fatality makes for a better car? Was Dan Wheldon's crash something that will be learned from to make a safer car, or is it likely to be dismissed as a freak accident that can't be prevented?

Dangerous Dave - Unregistered

October 23, 2011 11:42 PM

Adrian is quantifying the views of many other Motor sport supporters. We must also remember, that as a designer he cares not only about about the cars but also driver safety
Motorsport will always be dangerous,and as such with the advent of modern technology, the safety aspect has improved immensely. As ever, a majority of the tabloid newspapers will "never let the truth get in the way of a good story" No doubt, Marco's tragic death in MotoGP will attract the same comments!! Thats life!!

Gaz - Unregistered

October 24, 2011 2:15 AM

Posted by me - Unregistered (1 day 7 hours ago)

as 107 said, sad they might be but shocked? really? i think shocked is to much said because everybody in racing knows that this might actually happen with all the safety measures that are being taken to prevent that. it is a fact.

Yes you KNOW it IS going to happen but it is still ALWAYS a shock WHEN it does .

luke - Unregistered

October 25, 2011 7:24 PM

I'm shocked and saddened by Wheldon's death too, but unfortunately not surprised. This was going to happen sooner or later.
The main problem is current formula, cars unsuitable for those ovals. Cars taking off and flying. Underpowered cars with too much downforce, so they run all together in pack. Put over 30 cars on high-banked oval, run them flat out in pack at high speed, with half of the field consisted of unexperienced drivers, and you are calling for a disaster. Doing this is pure stupidity.
And the new formula for 2012 and beyond is not going to be better. So we are going to see this again, sooner or later.

P Smith - Unregistered

October 25, 2011 8:52 PM

Just because no driver in F1 has died since Senna doesn't mean no person has died since Senna. Race marshals died at Monza in 2000 and Australia in 2001 when hit by debris from cars. Or do their lives not count?

Several F1 drivers have come close to being killed in the last 17 years - Hakkinen at Adelaide in 1995, Alonso in Brazil 2003, Kubica in Canada 2008. F1 doesn't have that much better a record, it's just been more fortunate.

I'm not an IndyCar fan, but they have been ahead of F1 in safety in several respects over the past 20 years. They instituted mandatory helmets for pit crews and mandatory HANS devices before F1 did.

IndyCar has safety crews who travel with the series, trucks containing firefighters and emergency medical teams, and enough trucks that they can reach the scene of any crash within 30 seconds at any track. Also, IndyCar has always had regular medical doctors who work with all the drivers, not just hiring local doctors for races. If you're hurt, do yo

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