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F3 drivers speak on safety concerns ahead of Spa-Francorchamps round

The F3 drivers give their thoughts on the Spa-Francorchamps circuit ahead of this weekends Belgian Grand Prix

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Heading into this weekend weekend, the F3 drivers provide their thoughts on this weekends safety concerns.

Photo credits: Rudy Carezzevoli via Getty Images
Photo credits: Rudy Carezzevoli via Getty Images

The doubleheader weekend continues with round nine in Belgium. The events from Budapest saw Gabriel Bortoleto increase his advantage in the standings to 43 points. Zak O’Sullivan who was Sunday’s pole sitter cruised along to take his first victory in the feature race. The young Brit now sits second with 101 points. Now heading into the closing stages of the F3 2023 season there are two more rounds to go before we find out who is triumph crowned the F3 champion.

With F1 and its feeder series’ all heading to the Spa-Francorchamps circuit this weekend, there is a sombre feeling upon the track. On July 1st, youngster Dilano Van ‘t Hoff sadly passed away after being involved in an incident during a race at the Belgian track. Just four years ago a similar incident took place and F2 racer Anthoine Hubert tragically lost his life.

After the devasting news of Van ‘t Hoff, F1 drivers became vocal about wanting changes to be made to the Belgian circuit for safety reasons. Zhou Guanyu spoke to Racing365 about his concerns:

“From my side, the track layout needs to change,

“I lost a friend there in 2019, Anthoine, so it hurts. It’s a historic, iconic corner [Eau Rouge], but we’ve lost too many lives in the past.”

Heading into this weekend almost a month after the news, some of the drivers gave their thoughts about the safety at the track and how they personally feel going into this weekend.

F3 drivers speak out on the safety concerns

Speaking to accredited media, including Formula Nerds, some of the drivers gave their thoughts about the safety of the track and how they personally feel going into this weekend.

A view of the circuit heading into this weekend. Photo credits: Joe Portlock via Getty Images
A view of the circuit heading into this weekend. Photo credits: Joe Portlock via Getty Images

Pepe Marti gave his insight:

“It was quite tragic with the news when we got it in Austria, Dilano was one of my biggest friends in motorsport.

“I think the track itself is not that dangerous. I think there are so many areas in motorsport where you can hit a wall and bounce back on track and it’s just maybe that Spa has been unluckier, in the last few years and it’s happened twice [the tragic events with Hubert and Van ‘t Hoff].

“We were racing under the same conditions in Austria the weekend it happened here at Spa with similar conditions and nothing happened to us. It’s a matter of how conditions are managed and how we are put on the race track to race.

“We are all obviously going to go flat out, I like the track, I like Eau Rouge.”

Gabriel Bortoleto echoed Martis’ thoughts and also touched on safety: “The track overall is not the most dangerous one. I think it’s more about, some unlucky moments that people had in very difficult weather conditions.

“Raining is one of my favourite conditions to race in, but at the same time we all want to race in safe conditions and having in mind that we can finish the race with enough parts of the car. I don’t want to race in conditions where I can’t see two metres in front of me.

I don’t think it’s about a corner, I think it is more about making the decision if the race happens or not.”

Featured image credits: Joe Portlock via Getty Image

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