A sober reminder at yesterday’s Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix that racing always exists on that knife edge between exhilaration and tragedy. Driver Jules Bianchi of the Marussia F1 team crashed, in pre-typhoon conditions, into a crane that was attempting to lift another wrecked car. The impact was strong enough to change the direction the crane was facing. Bianchi suffered severe head injuries and underwent emergency brain surgery. His current condition is “critical but stable,” but I doubt he will ever race again.
I’ve seen the video and I’m not posting it here.
Racing is the most alive and amazing thing I know, but it is on the edge, always. I’ll leave it to the pundits to debate rules, safety car procedures, weather conditions, etc. I’m simply acknowledging what is.