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Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel says he would rather Formula 1 be boring if it may deliver back Anthoine Hubert, the French motorist killed in a Formula 2 crash in Belgium last weekend.
Hubert, 22, died after enduring a 170mph effect on Saturday from the car of Western Juan Manuel Correa at Spa.
World champion Vettel, a part of the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association, says security has to be improved.
“I still think there is things we can do better and improve,” he said.
Last weekend crash has been investigated by the FIA, although the automobile belonging to Giuliano Alesi, the driver who Hubert avoided before crashing to the obstacles, has been impounded by Belgian police.
Correa was moved to intensive care of Britain after suffering a spinal injury and legs.
The conversation over safety in motorsport comes just five races after F1 was tagged as”boring” after an uneventful French Grand Prix in June.
“Many folks today believe Formula 1 is too safe and too boring,” Vettel added at a news conference before the weekend’s Italian Grand Prix.
“But I would rather have dull Formula 1 championships eternally and deliver Anthoine backagain.
“To some extent it [risk ] is a part of motor racing – it is part of the excitement – but clearly the past couple of years are a wake-up together with the departure of Jules [Bianchi] and today Anthoine.
“What occurred could not be worse. I think it will be analyzed and exactly what everybody would expect but we must have a picture of a lot of elements also to draw any conclusions is not right.
“I am a fan of holding races in Spa because it’s a fantastic track that has a wonderful history and a lot of the corners are somewhat exceptional, but for certain after what happened we will have to get a very close look and just take some time to understand exactly what happened.”
Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger were the drivers to die during an F1 race weekend in Imola in 1994. Once Jules Bianchi expired nine months after suffering head injuries there wasn’t a different driver fatality at F1 before 2015.
Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc committed his win from Spa for his former friend and rival Hubert, also stated he had been aware of the dangers involved with racing,”it’s always a shock when something like this occurs”.
Leclerc included:”Anytime you go at that speed it will remain dangerous. On the other hand, each time I’m going into the car I am going in with the same mindset, and that I think we all are trying to do this with what occurred on Saturday.
“When you’re getting in your car you are trying to be in the zone, trying to think about what you will need to do and you need to race as hard as you can to finish as large as possible.”
The use of asphalt run-off areas has also been questioned after the crash of Hubert, with some arguing that the dangers drivers are ready to shoot and possibly prevent a car would be limited by traps.
“Some of it’s correct, the Tarmac run-off areas do invite people to keep pushing because it does not have an immediate consequence,” said Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg.
“There always needs to be the ideal balance somewhere, and perhaps we ought to have some customised solutions for corners like Eau Rouge at the way that we don’t really see that corner until you come up the hill.”
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