Connect with us

#ForzaJules

F1: ‘Small mistakes’ led to Bianchi death

Published

on

F1: 'Small mistakes' led to Bianchi death
F1 is pressing ahead with safety advances as the sport mourns the death of former Marussia driver Jules Bianchi.

The 25-year-old Frenchman’s death, following a nine month coma in the wake of his crash during the Japanese grand prix last year, is the first for a race driver since Ayrton Senna in 1994.

It is a stark reminder of the danger of motor racing, even though some believe F1 in particular has lost some of its spark because it is now ‘too safe’.

“In this sad moment,” said F1 legend Niki Lauda, “we must not forget the most important thing.

“It’s a miracle – and I stress, a miracle – that in the last 21 years nothing like this has happened,” he told Bild am Sonntag newspaper.

“You can see how much was done for safety, but in the end there are 20 cars driving around at speeds of up to 340kph,” Lauda added.

Crucially, before they began to mourn the loss of Bianchi, it was known that the talented Frenchman’s family was critical of the circumstances surrounding the crash, and not ruling out legal action.

Another F1 legend, Alain Prost, told French digital television I-Tele that the sport has key lessons to learn as a result of what happened at Suzuka last October.

“I say now what I said then after the accident, as I have not changed my opinion,” the quadruple world champion said.

“I think it is necessary to speak only about a few small miscalculations of the situation, with consequences that we pay for dearly,” added Prost.

“We are talking about an accident in pouring rain and with very poor visibility. It was necessary to release the safety car to neutralise the race before allowing this truck onto the track.

“That was a mistake,” he said. “I know the investigation of the FIA found something else,” added Prost, referring to the official finding that Bianchi was driving too fast for the yellow flags.

But Prost insisted: “So much has been done for safety on the race tracks, which we can see in that we have had no fatal crashes in the last 21 years.”

Another former F1 driver and Frenchman, Patrick Tambay, told RMC: “These questions about the circumstances of the accident should reappear once the emotions are past.

“But F1 is like this, with drivers doing their races as quickly as possible, as it is in their genes. The timing was unfavourable and some mistakes were made.

“But it is useless to argue about it now. Today I want to remember him and think only about this loss,” Tambay added.

Meanwhile, the publications Bild and Auto Motor und Sport report that another legacy of Bianchi’s death will be a new high-speed camera, to be installed to F1 cars in the near future.

Half the size of an iPhone, the reports say the technology is being developed by Magneti-Marelli and will record in unprecedented slow-motion detail how the drivers’ heads are subjected to impacts.

As for the official footage of Bianchi’s crash, that will remain “forever under wraps” by the FIA, the German newspaper Die Welt claims. (GMM)

Comments

Latest Results




Latest F1 News

2018 F12 hours ago

Sirotkin reveals his biggest problem with Williams’ 2018 car

Sergey Sirotkin has given more details about his biggest problem with Williams’ 2018 car. While the car is obviously uncompetitive,...

2018 F13 hours ago

F1 eyes 20-year deal for Miami Grand Prix

Yet another meeting could finally mean the green light for a grand prix in Miami. We have reported that Liberty...

2018 F11 day ago

Raikkonen could return to Sauber F1 for 2019

346SharesThe signs are growing ever stronger that Ferrari will have a new driver in 2019. Kimi Raikkonen admits that it...

2018 F11 day ago

Red Bull encourages Honda power to prepare for 2019 F1

1ShareRed Bull is encouraging Toro Rosso and Honda to help the senior energy drink-owned team prepare for 2019. Honda already...

2018 F12 days ago

Hamilton and Vettel Battling For The F1 Title

254SharesThe British Grand Prix at Silverstone is one that Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes have dominated for years and that trend...

2018 F15 days ago

Can Red Bull Challenge Mercedes And Ferrari?

24SharesSo, things didn’t exactly go to plan for Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes at Silverstone as the Brit made a disastrous...

2018 F15 days ago

Liberty working on securing future of British GP – Brawn

5SharesRoss Brawn says Liberty Media is working on securing the future of the British grand prix. Silverstone owner the BRDC...

2018 F15 days ago

Grosjean form ‘unacceptable’ – Haas F1

1ShareGunther Steiner says a “critical moment” could come amid his patience with struggling Haas driver Romain Grosjean. Frenchman Grosjean has...

2018 F15 days ago

No ‘negotiations’ with Raikkonen yet – McLaren

37Shares Zak Brown says McLaren has not yet opened contract talks with former team driver Kimi Raikkonen. It is rumoured in...

2018 F15 days ago

Wolff wants Hamilton beyond 2020

660SharesToto Wolff has revealed he wants to keep Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes even beyond 2020. Although not yet announced, it...




Most Popular

ThisisF1.com is not affiliated with Formula 1, Formula One Management, Formula One Administration, Formula One Licensing BV, Formula One World Championship Ltd or any other organization or entity associated with the official Formula One governing organizations or their shareholders. Copyrighted material used under Fair Use/Fair Comment.

References
We could use the following leading F1 news sources for stories: SkyF1, BBC F1, Autosport, ESPN F1, FIA Media Center, MotorSport, JamesAllen and others leading authors blog.

All Rights Reserved © 2017 Prime Sport Media