F1 will always be dangerous, says Ecclestone

Sun Jul 19, 2015 6:26am EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

LONDON (Reuters) - Formula One is as safe as it has ever been but danger will always be part of the sport, commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone said on Sunday after the death of French driver Jules Bianchi.

"If you were to choose to have an accident today in anything, you'd choose a Formula One (car) because it's probably the safest it's ever been," the 84-year-old Briton told BBC radio.

"What actually happened to Jules was just very, very, very unfortunate.

"Of course it's dangerous," he added of the sport. "They have 20 races a year, so you see how many accidents there are. We do our best, or always have done our best, for driver safety."

Bianchi, 25, died in hospital in Nice, southern France, on Friday after nine months in a coma following his horrific accident at the Japanese Grand Prix last October.

He was the first Formula One driver to die of injuries received in a race since Brazilian triple world champion Ayrton Senna at Imola in 1994.

The Marussia driver, popular and tipped for a stellar future after coming through the Ferrari academy, skidded off the track in wet conditions and fading light while yellow warning flags were being waved to tell drivers to slow down.

He smashed into a recovery tractor that was removing another crashed car.   Continued...

Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone walks in the Mercedes team garage during the third practice session of the Canadian F1 Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal June 6, 2015. REUTERS/Chris Wattie