F1 » Massa: Wheldon, Simoncelli deaths a wake-up call

Felipe Massa says recent incidents on track should serve as a reminder of the dangers of motorsport

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axl - Unregistered

October 25, 2011 7:00 PM

Being a motorsports fan,not just F1 im saddened by the deaths of Dan and Marco,yet cheered by the news of Robert Kubicas continued recovery.i think we all forget that these guys (and girls) do what they do accepting the dangers involved.we do forget though,that death is a very real prospect.they do it because they love it and along the way they provide us the viewers with a breathtaking spectacle of courage,commitment,talent and speed.RIP Dan RIP Marco.God speed Robert.

P Smith - Unregistered

October 25, 2011 8:37 PM

The deaths of these two racers were entirely different and should not be a cause for major change nor a knee jerk reaction. What they should be is a warning to enact existing rules and policies more strictly.

Simoncelli's death was an accident that could have happened anywhere to anyone at any time. It wasn't due to an unsafe track nor to a mistake on anyone's part. What might have prevented it is driver retraining. When motorcyclists lose the back wheel, the natural reaction is to try and regain control, which is what usually causes "high sides", or in the case of Simoncelli, to regain grip and cause him to travel into others' paths. Riders should be taught to let the bike go and slide off the track. If everyone knows and practices this habit, it will allow everyone to know how to react properly - the fallen racer to get out of the way, and those trailing to know what will happen to th rider and bike so they can react.

Wheldon's death, on the other hand, was entirely preventab

The Oracle - Unregistered

October 25, 2011 9:01 PM

@P Smith. You can never train or legislate for instinct. There are too many examples of bike riders "saving" front-end slides, high-sides and even collisions. Rossi "saved" his tragic collision with Marco through instinct.

As for Wheldon, well they're competing with the same TV audience as NASCAR (wheel to wheel, multiple lead changes and TV piles-ups. So where do you want to start since this is all about TV money and "entertainment".

Taz - Unregistered

October 26, 2011 12:11 AM

@P Smith

"What might have prevented it is driver retraining"

Utter cr4p, for one he was a rider not a driver and a bl00dy talented one, no training could have prevented that accident. Please don't comment if you don't understand the sport.

Clondikemike - Unregistered

October 26, 2011 10:43 AM

Each accident and each fatal accident must be taken and studied in the perspective of which it occured. Of course if lessons are to be learnt and action to prevent such occurances can be taken then this should be pursued and measures taken.
To me the accidents were of a totally different nature. Poor Marco suffered a fatality which could befall any bike racer at any time. Dan died in a pile up thaat seemed to be exactly what the organisers were hoping for, the pile up not the fatality. F1 has had a fantastic record of late due to the huge work undertaken by the FIA and the drivers themselves. But these sports are extremely dangerous for both competitors racetrack officials and spectators, check the small print of your race ticket next time you go. There is always a risk.


October 26, 2011 11:14 AM

Felipe is right, finger pointing isnt going to help anyone, close racing at high speed (which is a direction many wish for), requires a whole lot more relliance on luck to avoid what we have 'unluckily' witnessed recently. The phrase 'be carefull what we wish for' springs to mind!

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