Daniel Ricciardo expressed his opinion regarding the safety/danger balance in Formula 1, stating that while the risk of a serious injury has significantly reduced over the years, there is still an element of danger in a balanced manner.
Following the Belgian GP, which lacked green flag laps, many questions were raised regarding racing in difficult conditions, with comparisons being made to the 1960s and 1970s. Ricciardo insisted that despite the change in mentality, there will always be some risk, which attracts drivers to racing.
“Obviously I wasn’t around in that era, but it was kind of normal to have fatalities and all that in the sport,” Ricciardo told Motorsport.com.
“I’m sure it was very hard to accept, but maybe because it was more regular it was somewhat expected.
“Now, knowing what we know, or at least what I know, would I have raced in the 60s? With the knowledge I have now, no.
“At the end of the day, it’s a sport, so we like the risk, but if you’re talking a matter of life and death, then I don’t think that’s worth anything.”
Ricciardo also talked about teammate Lando Norris, who had had a massive crash during qualifying, with the Australian emphasizing that there is a clear line drawn by F1 between danger and unsafe driving.
“I’m not trying to sound smart here, it’s probably just the easiest way for me to relay the message – it’s kind of like physics,” Ricciardo explained.
“Simple physics that the car will just not stick, it won’t stay on the road, and that’s with 100% visibility, let alone with literally five percent, so it gets to a threshold where it’s no longer about skill, it’s literally about the car will not stick to the track, that’s probably the best way I can say it.
“You look at Lando’s crash on Saturday and I think he proved that you can still have a big one.
“I think we are still competing in a dangerous sport and playing on the edge of danger, but I think there’s kind of danger and being unsafe and then there’s the extreme of course with unnecessarily having people heli-aired out of here.”