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Wurz calls for action following Silverstone crashes

Formula One F1 - British Grand Prix - Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain - July 3, 2022 Alfa Romeo's Guanyu Zhou crashes out at the start of the race REUTERS/Andrew Boyers.

GPDA chairman Alexander Wurz urges the FIA to keep improving safety standards after big crashes that took place at Silverstone last weekend.

The British GP began with a pile-up, where Guanyu Zhou’s car went upside down and hit a catch fence. The Chinese driver was not injured in the crash. Wurz compared the accident to the one Pedro Diniz had at the Nurburgring in 1999.

“Last time as far as I remember an F1 roll hub collapsing was with Pedro Diniz, Nurburgring ’99 – jumping over me. This led to stricter crash tests, requested by GPDA, swiftly executed [and] implemented by the FIA,” he wrote on social media.

“Dear mister president [please] check your inbox, we got more work to do.”

Another big shunt took place earlier in the day during the Formula 2 Feature Race. Roy Nissany had a battle with Dennis Hauger on the opening lap. The DAMS driver forced his opponent to go off the track. Hauger jumped on a sausage curb and hit Nissany’s halo. The drivers were not hurt in that accident as well.

Wurz questioned the necessity of sausage curbs: “[I] struggle to hold back on speaking out publicly about matter of sausage curbs. Why [do] we [still] have them and why nothing seems to be done.

“Fact: they are, and have always been an ill-born concept. How many more shunts, how much more injuries we have to witness? This goes for sausage curbs at apex, as well as baguette [or] banana curbs on exits.

“A generalization process delivered ‘flat curbs’. Good but not thought [through] at the time. After we all shouted about track limits. After we brought sausage curbs and guess what? We fly again. We can do better.”

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