F1 » Schumacher: We can never have total safety

Michael Schumacher says the deaths of Dan Wheldon and Marco Simoncelli were down to fate

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dcts46 - Unregistered

October 27, 2011 4:17 PM

There will always be a risk of death or serious injury in motorsports . As long as the authorities concerned are doing all they can to make it as safe as possible then that has to be good enough . The drivers/riders know the risks and do it anyway because they love it . My sympathies go out to all those directly involved in recent incidents in the news , but I'm sure it wont stop their involvement and love of all motorsports in the future .
RIP Marco and Dan .

Duke - Unregistered

October 27, 2011 6:02 PM

Michael Schumacher has dedicated his racing life to all things connected to safety on the track and off the track.He has a record in this area that very few know about,it is only when things happen as of late that we can be thankful for his dogged determination in putting safety 1st.He has done this for many years,not just for himself but for all F1 drivers..

Doug - Unregistered

October 27, 2011 11:56 PM

Schumacher puts it beautifully here.

One day, there will be another driver fatality in Formula One. It's a horrible thing to say but it's probably true, and we've had some lucky escapes since Melbourne '01 which was when the last fatality in the sport occurred, with a Marshal being killed by Jacques Villeneuve's flying car. Think Wurz/Coulthard '07, that could very easily have killed Wurz.

However, in Formula One, we used to have needless deaths - where the driver would still be alive as the car came to a stop but was trapped and shoddy fire procedures meant he burnt to death - Roger Williamson, for example. That has now been eradicated. It'll be a freak accident, of some sort, that brings about the next death, if and when it comes.

I think that's what Schumacher's alluding to. That's the sort of thing you can't ever get rid of.

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