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GPDA: We must never relent on improving safety

GPDA: Twenty-one years after the deaths of Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger, we have now lost Jules [Bianchi], who has died as a direct consequence of an on track accident. It is at times like this that we are brutally reminded of how dangerous racing still remains....
The Grand Prix Drivers' Association says it must “never relent on improving safety” following the death of Jules Bianchi.

Bianchi suffered severe head injuries in a crash during the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix after his Marussia car impacted a recovery vehicle in wet conditions at Suzuka. He had been in a coma since October, but lost his fight for life in the early hours of Saturday morning in his home city of Nice, France.

In a statement released by the GDPA, the drivers said his death is a “brutal” reminder of how dangerous the sport is.

“Formula 1 has lost a great talent, a great man and a great friend today,” read the missive from the GPDA.

“Twenty-one years after the deaths of Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger, we have now lost Jules, who has died as a direct consequence of an on track accident.

“It is at times like this that we are brutally reminded of how dangerous racing still remains.

“Despite considerable improvements, we, the Grand Prix drivers, owe it to the racing community, to the lost ones and to Jules, his family and friends, to never relent in improving safety.

“Our sincerest condolences go out to Jules' family and friends.”

Meanwhile, F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone echoed those sentiments, adding 'we must not let this ever happen again'.

“It was so sad to hear the news about Jules,” Ecclestone remarked. “We are now going to miss a very talented driver and a really nice person.

“We must not let this ever happen again.”

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Keith Goodyear

July 21, 2015 6:04 AM

marsh202: it is a sad loss in any sport but the pc brigade need to get a grip as jody schecter said "F1 is now too safe" if you want to make it safe stay at home if you want to see true guts racing go to the isle of man TT
The trouble is we will never get unanimity regards how safe F1 should be. I have heard so many past drivers and F1 pundits who say F1 is to safe and complain when the modern driver as an off and runs onto the run off area saying in the old days that would have been a crash or a DNF and that the modern driver has it to easy. F1 will always be a dangerous sport but safety has to work both ways, drivers must observe rules when under a yellow flag especially when in wet conditions.
It is not just F1. Motor sport is dangerous by definition.


July 21, 2015 7:11 PM

marsh202: in my first post all I was trying to say is that F1 is the safest of all motor sports that we have. It is the pc brigade and press that say otherwise, From professional to club racers 4 wheel or 2 we as racers have taken risks knowing what the final result can be. Due to the amount of money and air time involved the top people do'nt like to have this bad press around them, this kind of result is so rare in F1 it comes as a shock and they cannot handle it.Whilst this conversation has gone on two riders have lost their life's at laguna seca whilst taking part in MotoAmerica Superbike/Superstock 1000 race Has this made top news? world super bike round 9.ACCIDENTS HAPPEN it is a bad side to a sport that we all love .If you have not been on the otherside of the fence then couch racers and pc brigade will never understand a racers mind and drive that gets them back on track after such bad times stop going on about what if blame game racing is what it is

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