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FIA says Spa is safe for F1 after GT3 crash

Jack Aitken Y Davide Rigon they were hospitalized after a multiple accident in Raidillon, the high-speed section at the top of the hill after the left-hand corner of Eau Rouge.

Williams’ reserve driver Aitken had the worst of it, sustaining broken collarbones and a vertebra. He was subsequently discharged and allowed to return to the UK to continue his recovery.

The incident came from a high-speed collision, so it bears some similarity to the accident that occurred in the 2019 Formula 2 race in the same place that claimed the life of Anthoine Hubert and left Juan Manuel Correa with serious injuries.

Thus, it has rekindled the debate about safety in that part of the circuit that hosts the Belgian GP, ​​where drivers often have little time to react if another car has bounced onto the track after hitting the fenders.

Shortly after the accident last weekend, the Alfa Romeo reserve driver, Callum Ilott, who was competing in the 24-hour test, suggested on Twitter that changes be made.

“The main thing is that everyone is out of their cars,” Ilott wrote. “Davide Rigon and Jack Aitken will be checked in at the hospital and I hope all is well.

“I would also like to say that there has to be a change in this corner and I am very surprised that nothing has changed yet. Enough is enough.”

# 114 Emil Frey Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo: Arthur Rougier, Konsta Lappalainen, Jack Aitken

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Last October, Spa announced a € 80 million upgrade program, with new or enlarged gravel traps on several corners, including Raidillon, in part to meet FIM requirements for motorcycle racing.

Asked by Motorsport.com about Ilott’s comments, given that Spa is the next appointment on the F1 calendar, Still He maintained that the circuit is fully authorized by the FIA.

“There have been some works that have been carried out at Spa in a number of areas,” Masi said. “But the Spa circuit has a current grade 1 (the FIA ​​license required for the use of F1).”

“There are some changes and improvements that are made year after year, but I think that as it is, it is safe from the perspective of the FIA.”

“None of us like to see big incidents, and I’m glad the drivers are doing relatively well. I’ve seen a couple of media reports today and they’re fine and healthy, which is the important part. They have a recovery by front, but that’s the general look. “

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