Chandhok: Motor sport not in 'crisis' after deaths

By on Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Karun Chandhok. Photo credit: Team Lotus

Karun Chandhok has warned motor racing that danger and risk must not be removed entirely.

The recent Indycar and MotoGP deaths of Dan Wheldon and Marco Simoncelli respectively has put the spotlight on how to further reduce the danger of premier motor sport.

F1 is regarded as much safer than the aforementioned sports, but Team Lotus reserve driver Chandhok insists no form of racing should be completely safe.

"Enough element of danger is also involved in F1," he told the Press Trust of India. "But it's an exciting career and the essence of excitement would get lost thinking of too much safety measures.

"You have to take your chances on the track. No one asked us to join formula one or placed a gun on our head that you have to race. It's a career we chose," he added.

Chandhok insisted that global motor racing should not be regarded as in "crisis".

"It is not like that," he is quoted by Calcutta's Telegraph. "What has happened in the last one week is extremely sad but accidents do happen."

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