F1 fight for safety continues on third anniversary of Jules Bianchi crash

• Jules Bianchi was killed by injuries sustained at Suzuka in 2014
• Contested Halo safety device is being introduced next year

Three years ago the Japanese Grand Prix came to a sombre, muted close. There were no post-race celebrations at Suzuka in 2014 and the crowd filed away in a hushed silence as the seriousness of Jules Bianchi’s accident sunk in across the circuit. It proved to be every bit as dreadful as everyone had feared.

Bianchi had sustained a serious head injury and died as a result nine months later. His was the first on-track fatality since Ayrton Senna was killed at Imola in 1994. The sport had been dealt the harshest possible reminder that despite the vast improvements in safety it remained inherently dangerous. At Suzuka, three years on, it is clear the FIA is still relentlessly pursuing the goal of making F1 safer. But it is a task that requires them to strike a difficult balance and one that demands a single-mindedness that is rewarded with little but criticism.

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Source: Formula 1

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