Anthoine Hubert: Daniel Ricciardo says he had doubts about racing after Frenchman’s death
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By Andrew Benson
Chief F1 author
Daniel Ricciardo says he had about racing at the Belgian Grand Prix following the crash that killed Formula 2 driver Anthoine Hubert doubts.
Hubert died Saturday after having a crash in the Formula 2 race , soon afterwards Formula 1 qualifying ended.
Renault driver Ricciardo stated:”You question:’Is it really worthwhile?’
“Yeah, it’s our job and it’s our profession and it’s our life, but in addition it’s still just racing cars around in circles”
Hubert crashed at the notorious Raidillon corner, the very end of this Eau Rouge swerves that were celebrated on peak of the hill, that F1 cars take at greater than 180mph.
Race winner Charles Leclerc of Ferrari, who had understood Hubert since childhood, admitted that it had been”quite a struggle to close the visor and proceed through this specific same corner in the specific same rate you do the day ahead – but that’s what you will need to do at the end”.
And the 21-year-old confessed it was”very hard” to appreciate his first F1 win at the conditions.
Ricciardo said that he was”glad the race was “.
The 30-year-old Australian stated:”I know, reluctantly enough, the very best manner we could sort of show our admiration was to race, but I do not think any of us actually wanted to be here, or wanted to race – at the least, I am speaking for myself, but I’m positive I’m not the only one.
“It was tough. It was tough to be here and try to put on a brave face for everybody.
“I know a whole lot of people in the paddock are really hurting. I believe everyone’s relieved it is done and we could proceed out and hopefully it’s the final time this stuff happens.”
The Lando Norris, who lost fifth area if his engine failed on the last lap of mcLaren, stated he had also had doubts.
“I didn’t feel great beforehand of this race,” said Norris. “What happened on Saturday could happen to any of us. It could have been me racing in Formula 2. It begins shaking you, when you feel like this.
“Maybe some folks take it much better than others, but I didn’t take it too well.
“At the end of the day, my job will be to rush for the group. Move on I still need to live my entire life and do things sometimes I do not need to perform. I wanted to race, but in the time I felt so sorry for everybody involved. I do not really like talking about it.
“He was a racer such as we all are but he was just the unfortunate guy. It was quite surprising, and something that is so uncommon, but in precisely the identical time it could happen in Formula 1”
Governing body the FIA has launched an investigation.
Hurry manager Michael Masi explained:”Safety is evolving. Once distinct technologies become available, distinct materials become accessible, security is an ever evolving process. For me personally it is something which won’t ever end.
“I have mentioned it before and I will repeat it: Security is among the core columns of the FIA, part of why they exist. This was something which just won’t stop. We’ll continue to research and look at things and improve items as best we could.”
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