Safety probe of the Grand Prix Death Triggers - motor sport chief
Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium), September 2 (AFP) Improved safety standards in motor racing will be relentlessly followed and research for better protection for drivers will never stop, according to the governing body of the sport.
The racing director of the International Automobile Federation (FIA), Michael Masi, said an investigation into Saturday's accident that killed Formula Two driver Anthoine Hubert had already begun.
Security is constantly evolving, said Masi, who assumed his role after the sudden death earlier this year of FIA official Charlie Whiting.
Once different technologies are available, different materials are available: security is a constantly evolving process. For me, it's something that will never end.
I said it before and I will repeat it. Security is one of the central pillars of the FIA, part of why it exists. That is something that just won't stop.
We will continue researching and looking at things and improve them as best we can. The death of Frenchman Hubert left the sport in shock and his close friend Charles Leclerc dedicated his first Formula One victory for Ferrari after a dramatic victory at the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday.
The young Monegasque drove with an almost perfect trial to turn pole position into a victory, avoiding a late charge of five-time defending champion Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes to win by nine tenths of a second.
Hamilton, who admitted that he was devastated by Hubert's death and had insomnia on Saturday night, praised the FIA's work.
There is a lot of work that the FIA has done so far, he said.
I think they have been working incredibly hard and we have already seen great steps, obviously, particularly when Charlie was here, he took great steps forward to continue in that direction.
The death of Hubert, the first as a result of an accident in a Grand Prix for five years, surprised the sport. The American pilot Juan-Manuel Correa, who suffered leg fractures and a spinal injury in the accident, remained in intensive care on Sunday, but was reported to be in a stable condition. (AFP) APA APA