Accidents happen though
After Jules Bianchi’s horrific accident in Suzuka last weekend the world’s media turned its undivided attention to Formula One. Fingers have been pointed, people have been blamed and accusations have been made.
People have said the race shouldn’t have gone ahead, whilst others suggested the introduction of closed cockpits – these are all knee-jerk reactions. The fact of the matter is this: no-one is to blame and nothing needs to change. And here’s why.
First of all I want to make this clear. Motorsport is dangerous. It’s part of the thrill and unfortunately accidents happen. Safety in the sport has changed dramatically since the death of Ayrton Senna at Imola in 1994 and has never been better. The fact that there’s been no fatality in the sport for twenty-years just shows how far we’ve come. Unfortunately no safety measures can account for a driver colliding with a JCB at 150mph.
And that’s where my next point comes in. The freak circumstances that played out on Sunday were inconceivable. There was nothing Bianchi or the stewards did wrong – it just happened. Bianchi aquaplaned and lost control. The stewards were just doing their job. Again, accidents happen.
Many people on Twitter were also throwing the blame towards the FIA for not stopping the race sooner. I’m afraid those people need a reality check. We have all seen races in much worse conditions than that. The European Grand Prix in 2007 for example when several cars aquaplaned. Kimi Raikkonen himself even said: “If there’s too much water you can go off, simple.”
In such sad circumstances everyone looks for someone to blame because we can’t conceive why bad things happen. But they do. So lets not blame the stewards and lets not blame the FIA. Lets all just pray that Bianchi comes out fighting.