i understand most of you aren’t fond of racing and don’t know much about it, but right now i wish you all did
Today during the Japanese GP of Formula 1 a french driver, Jules Bianchi got into an accident by crashing into a crane evacuating another car. I hope you all, regardless of your location and level of interest, will show respect and pray for Jules as he is currently in the hospital being operated on a severe head injury.
Now, i want to say something else. This wouldn’t have happened if the race was stopped earlier, when weather conditions got worse. This wouldn’t have happened if the race start was moved to today morning. This wouldn’t have happened if people in charge of racing would care more about the safety of the drivers and less about ratings and money.
i think this has been an example of an unacceptable behaviour, something that we have been seeing in racing for a long, long time already. and i hope that this can be a reminder to everyone connected with racing or any kind of sport competition at all, that people’s lives and people’s heath always stands first, and we never see something like that happen again. #ForzaJules
This was a freak accident. Full precautions were taken. Cranes only come onto the racing area (this case, a gravel trap) under double waved yellows where drivers are to be prepared to come to a complete stop, this happened. A red flag/safety car is not required every time a crane comes into the racing area, only for when the track is obstructed.
Of course this would not have happened if the race was stopped. But the race wasn’t stopped. The emphasis on driver safety of the past 20 years post Senna and Ratzenberger’s deaths is exactly what has saved Bianchi’s life - the design of the car, the improvement in helmet technology.
I have seen much, much worse conditions where the officials have waved play on, and to think that every time there is wet conditions the race must be stopped due to the potential for a freak accident? Come on. This type of incident could have potentially happened without rain.
I’ve seen a photo of Jules in the car post-crash, his helmet was completely intact, no visible sign of damage to it, but the role bar and intake and entire area behind his head was destroyed. His helmet, and all the changes in driver’s position in the chassis post 1994, have saved his life. Lets hope he pulls through.
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