Alex Zanardi speaks on Henry Surtees death

A SAD SUNDAY Dear Friends, I thought a lot about what to write you, I drafted words that I afterwards deleted since they seemed to me silly and inappropriate when I was reading them. The reality is that there is not a lot to say about a race...

A SAD SUNDAY

Dear Friends,

I thought a lot about what to write you, I drafted words that I afterwards deleted since they seemed to me silly and inappropriate when I was reading them.

The reality is that there is not a lot to say about a race whereby I have been hit yet once more, but that is scaled down to the right definition of trifle once compared to the terrible thing happened in one of the support race to our championship.

During the Sunday race of Formula 2, Henry Surtees, son of the great John, lost his life in an as absurd as dreadful accident in which the wheel of an opponent, lost after a contact with the barriers, bounced towards his approaching car hitting him with diabolic precision on the head.

I do not want to add anything else on the dynamics of the accident or on the career of this eighteen-years-old boy that I did not know, because I do not have any duty nor right to report on this.

Losing the life at eighteen is something that is always unacceptable, nevertheless, as a person that has always loved and passionately lived this sport, I am really very upset when thinking that destiny hit the son of a man who during his life and in his sportive deeds has always skillfully tricked the bad luck. Victories and successes obtained in years when races were really very dangerous challenges for brave people that often did not live to tell about them.

Someone will certainly talk about the intrinsic danger of motor-racing, about the technical reasons why this tragedy could have been avoided and, maybe, will do this in a not totally unjustified way.

Right in the category created by Max Mosley, who, despite the recent controversies that saw him as protagonist, really did a lot in terms of safety, the wheels retention cables were not mandatory even if he himself contributed to devise them as a safety measure that is now standard in a lot of racing cars.

Anyway, despite this and other necessary considerations that someone will do in the right place, great sorrow remains for the loss of a young life. I share this feeling and I believe it is right not to add anything else than the spiritual vicinity to the Surtees family in this terrible moment.

-credit: alex-zanardi.com

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Series F2 , General , WTCC
Drivers Alex Zanardi , Henry Surtees
Article type Obituary