Crash danger shows why F1 driver salaries shouldn’t be capped
The huge crash at the start of the British Grand Prix was a reminder of the danger facing Formula 1 drivers, says Sergio Perez.
Alexander Albon was taken to hospital for checks after yesterday’s crash and was later released. Zhou Guanyu, whose car crashed through a tire barrier and hit a debris fence, was also cleared after visiting the circuit’s medical center.
Perez said the risks facing F1 drivers justify the salaries they receive and show why the sport shouldn’t put a limit on their pay.
F1 introduced a cap on team budgets last year. Salaries for drivers and some high-level team members are exempt from the cap, but the possibility of capping driver salaries has been discussed.
However, Perez said yesterday’s accident shows why drivers deserve the pay they receive.
“When you hear people talking about capping driver salaries, we’re the ones taking all the risk, putting on a show,” he said. “So I don’t think it’s a good thing to talk about it on the sport in the future. But the most important [thing] today no one was injured.
Perez said he was “very happy for them to be here with us and racing again.” He revealed that he saw the crash between the first start and the reboot.
“I knew there had been an accident, but I was back in the garage and I was watching TV and they showed the accident and I was shocked. It had been a while since we had not seen such an accident like that.
“It’s hard to see that and try to get it out of your mind and try to focus on what you have to do.”
He praised the work the sport’s governing body has done to improve safety standards in recent years and said the sport could learn more from Sunday’s crash.
“Bravo to the FIA because we have come a long way,” he said. “I’m sure there are still good improvements and always good lessons to make sure we learn from today, to see the crash, to make sure there are things we can improve on. .
“I don’t know if there were any photographers around who were in danger. So take a look and see if we can make the sport a safer sport for everyone.
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