JONATHAN MCEVOY: Unconscionable to ask young men to risk their lives

JONATHAN MCEVOY: As Stirling Moss once said, danger is as important to motor racing as salt is to food – it is unconscionable to ask young men to risk their lives when the odds are stacked too high

  • COMMENT –  It is unconscionable to ask men to risk their lives against the odds 
  • That sentiment was in many minds when F1’s cast sat out the Belgian Grand Prix
  • We should remember that this notorious Spa track has proved itself a death trap
  • As Sir Stirling Moss said, danger is as important to motor racing as salt is to food 

The unwritten contract between racing drivers and the public is that they get paid millions to do something we couldn’t or wouldn’t.

And, as Sir Stirling Moss once said, danger is as important to motor racing as salt is to food.

That sentiment was no doubt in many minds when F1’s cast sat out the Belgian Grand Prix waiting unavailingly for the weather to improve.

The Belgian Grand Prix was curtailed after just two laps due to awful weather conditions 

It is unconscionable to ask young men to risk their lives when the odds are stacked too high 

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‘Safety first’ is the mantra right now. And it is unconscionable to ask young men to risk their lives when the odds are stacked too high. We should remember that this notorious Spa track has proved itself a death trap for 23 men.

I asked McLaren’s Daniel Ricciardo why he and his peers do not simply drive only as fast or slow as conditions allow. 

‘We could,’ he said. ‘But then the issue is because we are slow you will have some drivers who do something out of the physical realms of the car and you are going to have a bigger incident because of closing speeds.’

I made the point, I believe, for many millions.

As Sir Stirling Moss once said, danger is as important to motor racing as salt is to food

Daniel Ricciardo said if drivers are slow there will be some who do something out of the physical realms of the car which could cause a bigger incident 




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