A shiver ran down the back of Formula 1 fans when Lando Norris crashed at 291 km / ha Eau Rouge and Raidillon in an attempt to seal a master’s qualification with pole position at Spa-Francorchamps. It would have been his first in his career, but the rain and the track conditions dampened the ambitions of # 4, fueling the controversy over the iconic complex of the Ardennes circuit.
Sebastian joined the choir Vettel, the only one to forcefully invoke the red flag in qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix before Norris’s accident. The German, who also checked his colleague’s condition closely, vented into the radio team (“What the fuck did I tell you? The conditions are red flag“) And even when cold he did not back down:”The changes would have helped, I think it has become easy for us to go much faster than we should at Eau Rouge. Years ago it was much tighter, so we should go back to that conformation. Having more escape routes is good because it is a fast corner, but the question is whether it got too fast? In the dry, for us, it’s not even a curve. But if something goes wrong, then it goes horribly wrong. In the wet we don’t have stability, so it’s probably too fast a corner“.
Pierre Gasly, who lost his friend Anthoine Hubert at Eau Rouge, agrees: “I’m not a fan of changing tracks. I like to keep them the old way, as they were in the past. But I think in this particular example, seeing what happened in the past, it is clearly need to change that trait“. Only in August in Eau Rouge there were three potentially very serious accidents in the 24 Hours of Spa, in the W Series and, yesterday, in Formula 1. Only the extraordinary safety achieved by the FIA motorsport cars prevented the worst. But why tempt fate?
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