GPDA will 'never relent' in quest to improve safety

By on Saturday, July 18, 2015
Manor Marussia

Manor Marussia

The Grand Prix Drivers' Association [GPDA] says it will 'never relent' in its ambition to improve safety standards in Formula 1, following the death of Jules Bianchi.

Bianchi passed away on Friday night due to the injuries which he sustained at last year's Japanese Grand Prix.

Bianchi's death was the first time a Formula 1 driver has succumbed to injuries suffered at a Grand Prix weekend since Ayrton Senna in 1994 and the GPDA says it is a reminder of the dangers of the sport.

"Formula 1 has lost a great talent, a great man and a great friend today," read a statement released by the GPDA.

"21 years after the deaths of Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger, we have now lost Jules, who died as a direct consequence of an on track accident.

"It is at times like this that we are brutally reminded of how dangerous racing still remains. Despite considerable improvements, we, the Grand Prix drivers, owe it to the racing community, to the lost ones and to Jules, his family and friends, to never relent in improving safety.

"Our sincerest condolences go out to Jules' family and friends."

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