Sebastian Vettel says it would not be difficult for Formula One to change its use of the Safety Car to improve safety.
Jules Bianchi’s crash during the Japanese Grand Prix has led to calls for the Safety Car to be deployed whenever a recovery vehicle is sent onto the track.
However Vettel sad that in Bianchi’s case “extremely unlucky circumstances led him to much more than just the usual type of crash” and it was important Formula One learned everything it could from what happened.
“I think with hindsight it’s always easy to say this could have been avoided, this should have been done,” he said. “I think there is definitely some lessons, I think everyone is obviously thinking about what we can improve, and improve within a week’s time.”
“I think here we have a completely different circuit, completely different conditions. I think it was a very special accident with unique circumstances leading into a very bad outcome.
“But surely if the answer is as easy as bringing the Safety Car I don’t think that’s a big thing for people to do in the future. On the other hand I believe the answer is probably not as easy as that either.”
Vettel said the race conditions were “extremely difficult” in Japan and left “a very, very small margin for error”.
“Obviously for Jules at that time it was too small and on top of that very unlucky circumstances led into a catastrophe, really.”
Vettel added the thoughts of all the drivers were with Bianchi and his family. “We wish him all the strength we can send,” he said.
2014 Japanese Grand Prix
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