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Sports Toto Wolff: Failure to compete was not completely ruled out

17:20  30 november  2020
17:20  30 november  2020 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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That the drivers had to watch Romain Grosjean 's accident in a continuous loop during the break has many disturbed the pilot on Sunday. They didn't necessarily want to see the accident again if they had to get back into the car themselves shortly.

Sebastian Vettel admits that at such a moment doubts arise as to whether you should get back in the car. "Definitely for me," he admits. "You are human. We love what we do and that comes first, but even if you respect it, you probably underestimate what can happen," said the German.

"I don't think anyone expected an accident like this. It was a little strange, but I guess in the end it was best to get right back in the car and not wait another week and too long thinking, "says Vettel.

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Teammate Charles Leclerc agrees with Vettel's words. The Monegasse especially had to nibble because he had seen the accident up close in the rearview mirror. On the radio he asked several times whether everything was okay, and when he still got no answer after a while, he threw both hands over his head in desperation while driving.

"It's always difficult to get back in the car after something like this, but it's the best we can do," says the Ferrari driver. "We need our full concentration on the track, and everyone has fully focused on the race and their job. Nevertheless, it was difficult to get back into focus."

Max Verstappen meanwhile has a different view. He announced in the press conference that he would fire a driver immediately if he did not want to drive again after such an accident. "Fortunately, you're not my team boss," said Lewis Hamilton.

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Wolff: Withdrawal from the race an option

His team boss is called Toto Wolff, and the Austrian himself does not generally rule out a withdrawal from the race. At Mercedes they sat down briefly after the Grosjean accident, but saw that the Frenchman was able to get out of the car.

"If he - God forbid - had been hurt worse, then we would probably have withdrawn from the race that day," says Wolff. "Health and life are more important than a racing or sports event."

According to him, the fact that the drivers get back into the car requires a lot of courage: "We too often forget that it is a dangerous sport and that these guys drive around the track at more than 350 km / h," said Wolff .

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"It was difficult for anyone who saw the pictures. When we saw Romain get out of the car and he looked relatively unharmed, it was an immense relief. He's still got burns, which is bad enough, but it would have can also run terribly worse. "

The fact that Grosjean got off so lightly is also thanks to constant safety efforts, although Formula 1 is considered to be quite safe. The introduction of the Halo was heavily criticized at the time - including by Grosjean - but on Sunday the system probably saved his life.

Wurz: There will always be prophecies of doom

"The prophecies of doom that I heard two years ago that it is already so certain, we will hear them again and again. But we are always taught better," says the ex-pilot Alexander Wurz, who is committed to the issue of security, on 'ORF'.

"Formula 1 has improved dramatically since the 1970s, although we have become faster and faster in terms of performance. That speaks in favor of the safety system, but it does not mean that you can rest and under no circumstances should rest" so the Austrian. "We are already relatively far with the safety of the cars, but we still have to keep working."

"That a driver gets out of the car in such an accident. Unbelievable", continues Wurz, who is reminded of the accident of Elio de Angelis in Le Castellet. "There he drove into the guardrail, the guardrail opened and he had a fatal accident."

"But the cars have improved so dramatically. And you have to say that all the safety precautions that such a monocoque goes through, from the front impact protection, including the halo - everything saved lives here," said Wurz.

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