New Delhi: Former Formula One driver, Robert Kubica says that Jules Bianchi's crash in the Japanese Grand Prix reminds that motor sport is always associated with danger and risk. On the race-day, Bianchi lost control of his car at Suzuka where an earlier incident had occurred, involving Sauber's Adrian Sutil.
Kubica, who himself suffered from racing accidents in the past, added that despite the best efforts from world motor sport's governing body (FIA) to improve drivers' safety, danger is always there in the sport and it can not be 100% safe.
In February 2011, Kubica was seriously injured in a crash at the Ronde di Andora rally, in which his right forearm was partially severed. He was trapped in the car for more than an hour before rescue workers were able to extricate him. Three years before, he won his only Formula One Grand Prix race in Canada, having suffered from serious crash the previous year.
Despite retention as a Renault driver after the 2011 crash, the Pole's bid to return to the highest class of motor-racing proved futile with he re-broke his leg in 2012. Then, the 29-year-old moved to rallying with an unfulfilled dream to compete with the best in F1. He was touted to pair Fernando Alonso at Ferrari.
On October 5, Bianchi collided with a recovery vehicle which was removing the damaged Sauber car of Sutil on lap 44. Following the accident, the race was red-flagged and not re-started. On lap 42, Sutil lost control, spun and hit the tyre barrier on the outside of turn 7.
The marshals waved double yellow flags before the corner to warn drivers of the incident. A recovery vehicle was engaged in order to lift the car to a place of safety behind the guard rail. While this was being done, the driver of car 17, Bianchi, lost control of his car, crashed into the back of the tractor.
At the time of the accident, the FIA said Bianchi was unconscious as he was taken to hospital and was operated on before being moved to intensive care. Later, his father confirmed that the driver suffered from head trauma. And since, the French driver is in critical condition with severe head injuries.
Born into a family of racing drivers, Bianchi is competing his second season as a F1 driver. He scored a memorable ninth place in Monaco this year, giving the back-of-the grid Marussia team their first points since their debut in 2010.
With agency inputs