The management of the Sunday of Spa has made and will cause Formula 1 fans to discuss for years. Regardless of how you think about it, the absolutely marginal role of the drivers remains in the background, who appeared as fasting puppets of free will. They took to the track and returned to the pits for team commands, when running or not racing interested their skin. Of course, in the radio teams they complained about visibility, but no shared stance, only individual reactions inside and outside the car. Among these, one of Daniel Ricciardo, who took it out on those who advised the drivers to change jobs – his words – if they didn’t feel like racing with yesterday’s conditions (not only rain but also limited visibility).
“My simplest and most polite answer, without trying to sound intelligent, concerns physics: the car didn’t stay on the road. Could we have gone slower? Yes, but we would not have solved the problem: seeing the others go slow, some drivers would have pushed the car over the limit. And I understand that, we are pilots. But we were going to have a big accident anyway“, Said Danny Ric at Spa, where he would have liked to celebrate his 200 Grand Prix career in a very different way. “We have changed our mentality compared to several years ago. I was not born at the time when it was normal for there to be deaths in Formula 1. I’m sure it was hard to accept even then, but it happened regularly and it was kind of normal. With the mentality of now, I would not have been a pilot in the 60s: this is a sport, not Russian Roulette. We like the risk, but when it comes to life and death it’s not worth it“.