Drivers continue push for safety improvements

By Daniel Wilson

In the last few weeks, safety has been brought right back to the forefront of Formula One.

Jules Bianchi’s collision with a recovery vehicle at the Japanese Grand Prix and subsequent head injuries have raised questions over the safety of racing, particularly in wet conditions.

The FIA have announced proposals which will be tested before we reach Austin at the end of the month, and they include setting a maximum speed limit when yellow flags are waved and even the proposal of a closed-in cockpit.

For me, I think the speed limit is a good idea. I don’t like the sound of a closed cockpit – open wheel racing is what F1 and motorsport is all about and what it always has been.

This week though, despite these proposals, world championship leader Lewis Hamilton and current champion Sebastian Vettel have spoken out calling for better wet weather tyres.

The two are among other drivers who argue the wet weather tyres do not have enough grip and so they often find themselves risking a set of intermediate tyres, which have a lot of more life, even when conditions are questionable.

In my opinion, I don’t believe it was tyre choice that led to Bianchi’s crash. It was the fact that the tyres he had on were worn. The conditions were suitable for the intermediates up until the two laps before his crash, when the rain began to fall harder – which inevitably caused Adrian Sutil to spin off at Dunlop.

In those conditions, the safety car should have been brought out, especially as the recovery vehicle was on track.

So, I value the change in approach to safety cars and speed limits under yellow flags, but I don’t think we need to go too far with safety here.

What do you think the FIA should do?

Should safety be improved?

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