In the round-up: The Grand Prix Drivers’ Association will renew its drive to improve safety in the wake of Jules Bianchi’s death.
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"Despite considerable improvements, we, the Grand Prix drivers, owe it to the racing community, to the lost ones and to Jules, his family and friends, to never relent in improving safety."
"The odds against him going off, in a sector of the track covered by double waved yellow flags - the most extreme form of caution before a race stoppage - and hitting a recovery vehicle must have been huge."
"We knew the outcome would unfortunately probably be negative but still, it hurts a lot."
"I was his team mate for two years, and I had to have an absolutely perfect day to beat him - more often than not, he'd beat me."
"Wrong, Lewis, wrong! You would have scored some badly needed points for not taking yourself too seriously, and going with the flow."
— Esteban Gutierrez (@EstebanGtz) July 18, 2015
Sad news. Will be hard to know that we won't see you again on Sundays with the happiness that gave us all, Jules! RIP pic.twitter.com/I932oER5Co
— Sergio Pérez (@SChecoPerez) July 18, 2015
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Comment of the day
F1 Fanatic readers were united in the same sentiment yesterday:
Can’t really add anything that hasn’t already been said, but what a very sad bit of news. I had a feeling this may be coming with the recent statement from the family. Hopefully they can see this as a release for Jules, and that they can now grieve for him and find some closure rather than the hellish limbo they must have endured for the past nine months.
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On this day in F1
The British Grand Prix at Silverstone held 40 years ago today ended in near-farce after the field was caught out by a sudden downpour. Emerson Fittipaldi won the red-flagged race while the other four drivers in the top five – Carlos Pace, Jody Scheckter, James Hunt and Mark Donohue – had all crashed.