Mark Webber insists that things can always be made safer in motorsport, although the Red Bull driver concedes that danger is part of being involved in the sport.
Webber was speaking at the Motorsport Insurance Services and Gullwing karting fundraiser earlier this week, which was run to help support Chris van der Drift as he recovers from the injuries he sustained in a Superleague Formula accident at Brands Hatch back in early August.
The Australian's comments also came on the back of his own accident at Valencia earlier in the year and the tragic incident which claimed the life of Shoya Tomizawa at Misano during the Moto2 race last weekend.
“You can always make things safer, but it comes with the territory – it's a dangerous sport, cars doing 200mph you're going to have crashes and have incidents,” he said. “I think we've had some good examples of how far forward the safety has come, particularly my accident was a great example of that.
“With Chris I think it shows you should definitely get rid of bridges over tracks – they're an unnecessary risk, particularly in fast sections of tracks or braking areas – you can put them at apexes or on exits of slow speed corners if TV still need to get some coverage but you need to be a bit more careful where you put anything overhanging a circuit. Chris, it could have gone either way for him, so you need to learn from that.”
Webber added that F1 should be seen as the leader when it comes to developing safety, with developments made then dropping down to other formulae.
“Well, you need to keep working with the F1 manufacturers and the FIA and that has to filter through to the junior categories,” he said. “That's the most important thing. You cannot have arrogance of junior categories. I'm not sure how it is but there needs to be people who are very open to ideas that are cost-effective and are good things we learn at the cutting edge of the sport, where there is much more resource and finance that you can put into the junior categories, even aspects of rallying and things, you know, we should all be learning off each other.”