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F1 must never get complacent over safety - Prost

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F1 must never get complacent over safety - Prost
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Jul 19, 2015, 1:49 PM

Formula 1 can never feel it has to done enough to improve safety as it comes to terms with Jules Bianchi's death, claims Alain Prost.

Jules Bianchi, Marussia F1 Team
Alain Prost
Jules Bianchi, Marussia F1 Team
Jules Bianchi, Marussia F1 Team in the FIA Press Conference

Bianchi died on Friday as a result of the injuries he suffered when crashing in to a recovery vehicle at last year's Japanese Grand Prix.

Prost remains angry about the circumstances of the accident - which he thinks was avoidable - but welcomes the fact that F1's safety quest is ongoing.

Speaking to French TV station i-télé, Prost said: "I said what I thought at the time and I don't intend to change it today, even though there have been inquiries and many meetings and discussions.

"I just think there was a small misjudgement that cost very dearly. There was an accident, pouring rain and appalling visibility.

"There should have been a safety car to slow the race down before the recovery truck went on track - that's the misjudgement.

"The inquiry showed something different, that's what's a bit outrageous, even though I know all these people and like them.

"They have done a lot for safety. We had not had a fatal crash in F1 for 21 years, it means that a lot of work was done.

"But like everywhere, there's always a little bit more to be done. The only thing that still was to be done for safety was about this recovery truck that goes on the circuit."

As a result of the Bianchi crash, F1 introduced a virtual safety car system to ensure that cars can be slowed when recovery vehicles are briefly on track.

Translated by Benjamin Vinel

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jules Bianchi
Author Jonathan Noble