It’s been a tough couple of weeks for motorsport fans as two stars were killed tragically. First the loss of IndyCar Champion Dan Wheldon and then rising MotoGP star Marco Simoncelli just a week later.
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“It has been a horrible last two weeks for motorsport,” said Vettel. “The moment I came back from Korea I heard about the accident of Dan Wheldon in America. Last week I sat upon the sofa, watched TV, watched the MotoGP, and saw the crash of Marco.
“I wasn’t a very close friend, but I knew him. I met him this year and it is horrible to wait and wait and wait, because you know yourself that it is not normally a good sign if you have to wait so long to get an answer on what has happened.
“We all take a certain risk when we jump into a car or get on a bike. But we love motorsport, we love the thrill. At the same time, we always hope that nothing will happen.
“We love what we do, and we are happy to take certain risks, but it is really shocking to see how quickly things can change. I think we should always try to make things safer and we will get criticised for the cars being too far away, the run offs being too big and so on, but on the other hand we never want to put ourselves in a situation like all the MotoGP riders are going through now, or the IndyCar series is going through now.
“So we keep the fingers crossed, and hope for nothing to happen. But, it is not impossible. We know that. So, at the moment, I think the only thing we can do is respect and give the families enough space and enough room. Give them the time they need.”