The GPDA allows drivers to share their opinions (without revealing their identity) on a range of issues within the sport, and safety is always a major topic.
In an exclusive interview with RacingNews365.comWurz shared his praise of the current state of Formula 1 in terms of safety measures. However, he acknowledged that one of the main concerns was the worry about sausage restrictions.
“At the end of the day, the sport is in a very healthy position,” Wurz explained.
“The concerns we had five to ten years ago. That the sport itself is not maximizing its potential, have certainly been answered and the direction is very good.
“Now we just have to make sure of that, at this point in the [the sport] We’re gaining fame, everybody keeps two feet on the ground and realizes we still share the same ring, we’re sitting in the same boat, we have the same interest.”
Wurz calls for change to ‘dangerous’ sausage restrictions
Wurz believes there is still progress to be made in terms of safety.
“From a safety perspective, number one would be getting rid of the sausage rails,” said the former Formula 1 driver.
Wars added that the restrictions aren’t fundamentally wrong, but the sausage curb should not be used “to make a boring chikan dish interesting.”
“Maybe I hope, with the awareness of the severity of the sausage hurdles, we can go back to the individual hurdles [designed] Trace the path of the path.”
Sausage hurdles have been part of crashes in the past, including a massive Alex Peroni accident at the 2019 Formula 3 race at Monza in which his car smashed into the air after hitting a sausage curb before landing upside down on a tire wall.
As such, the GPDA hopes to see accidents like this disappear from motorsport as quickly as possible.
“Sausage rails should run like ramps,” Wars added.
“If you are at the top in chicane [it’s okay]but if you’re spinning in the braking zone in any direction, you shouldn’t have anything suddenly throwing you into the air. [It’s] Absolutely unacceptable.”
Wurz says it is not possible to create 100 percent security
Wurz admits that creating an environment free of safety hazards would be impossible.
“We can’t create a 100 percent safe environment,” Osteren admitted.
“It’s like [aviation] industry; You will never have 100 percent security because once you are there, you will have consequences if something fails. You fall.
“In the race, we have the same thing, but it makes sense, we have to make the control mechanisms and safety nets better.
“Good [for a kerb to] destabilize the car, but that’s not okay [for it] To change course, when you are already in trouble.”
Wurz cited Rubens Barrichello’s massive accident over the weekend at Imola 1994 as an example: “This started to change the pavement design.
“[It was] So lucky that he survived, [and] Very lucky that there was already a safety fence, because at that time it was not normal to have safety fences. Unlike that, [the crash] Kill everyone behind them.”
While the GPDA chief is pleased with the progress made since then, he feels that the major issue has yet to be resolved.
“In places like this, it’s of course a good idea to remove the ramps and curbs, and the curbs shouldn’t throw you off,” Wurz stated.
“But, with the asphalt areas in the back, then [it’s] I forced the pavement to become the crucial divider, and that’s a problem in the thought process.”