Is the Spa Francorchamps track too dangerous? Hill: It would be a shame to change the circuit

Author of the article: , published July 1, 2023.

Damon Hill has said it would be "unfortunate" for Formula 1 if changes were made to the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, where 18-year-old Dutch Formula Regional European Championship driver Dilan van 't Hoff was killed in a crash today.

At a rain-soaked race at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, the teenager was involved in a multi-car incident on the Camel straight.

Anthoine Hubert tragically lost his life there in 2019, which is why there are now increasing calls for changes to prevent further tragedies. However, Hill claims that the loss of Spa or changes to the layout of the track would have a negative impact on the sport.

"I haven't seen the details of what happened," he told Sky Sports. "We keep mentioning Raidillon, Eau Rouge and things like that. But if I understand correctly, the accident happened a little further down the track.

"When it rains in Spa, it rains hard and the water runs down the track. It is always very dangerous in wet conditions and the problem is the combination of high speed, wet track, aquaplaning and poor visibility is a deadly combination.

"Perhaps we now need to look at whether we should say 'it's silly to race in these conditions' when visibility is so severely reduced. I've been in absolutely impossible situations in races where I couldn't see anything and I was literally thinking, 'I'm up to chance'. You are taking a huge risk.

"So poor visibility is one of the biggest factors, because if you can see, you can take preventive measures. Sometimes this is not possible if something happens very quickly.

“The car bounces back off the fence and there's nothing you can do to avoid it. It would be a shame to lose a circuit or a setting like Raidillon because it is one of the most exciting things you can experience in a racing car," added Hill.

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