Jack Aitken and Davide Rigon were both hospitalized after a multiple car crash at Raidillon, the high-speed section up the hill after the left turn of the Eau Rouge.
Reserve pilot Williams Aitken was more seriously injured of the two, suffering from broken collarbones and a vertebra. He was then released and allowed to return to the UK to continue his recovery.
The incident involved a high-speed collision and therefore had some similarity to the 2019 FIA Formula 2 race crash at the same location that claimed Anthoine Hubert’s life and left Juan Manuel Correa with serious injuries.
As such, it has reignited the safety debate in this part of the Belgian GP circuit, where approaching drivers often have little time to react if another car has bounced off a barrier.
Shortly after last weekend’s crash, reserve Alfa Romeo Callum Ilott, competing in the 24-hour race, suggested on Twitter that changes should be made.
“The bottom line is that everyone got out of their car,” Ilott wrote. “Davide Rigon and Jack Aitken and will be checked in the hospital and I hope everything will be fine.
“I would also like to say that there has to be a change in this corner and I am very surprised that nothing has changed yet. Enough is enough.”
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Last October, Spa announced a € 80million upgrade program, with new or extended gravel traps at several bends, including Raidillon, in part to meet FIM requirements for cycle races.
Asked about Ilott’s comments by Autosport given that Spa is the next site on the F1 calendar, Masi maintained that the circuit is fully licensed by the FIA.
“Work has been undertaken at Spa in a number of areas,” Masi said. “But the Spa circuit holds a current grade 1 [the FIA licence required for F1 use.]
“There are a few changes and improvements that have been made from year to year, but I think the way it is is for sure from the FIA point of view.
“None of us like to see big incidents, and I’m just glad the riders are doing relatively well. I saw a few media reports today and they are good and healthy which is the important part. They have a pick up ahead of them, but that’s the general look there. “