Former F1 driver Anthony Davidson has hit out at the forgiving nature of modern racing circuits, saying they encourage dangerous driving.
Davidson (pictured with Toyota WEC team mate Stephane Sarrazin) told The Guardian “a driver should be challenged and should be punished for mistakes” on racing tracks.
“We don’t want to see fans get injured or drivers get injured or killed but the drivers should get punished,” Davidson explained. “On some modern circuits it’s pathetic when you see drivers going off the track and nothing happens.”
Davidson says that although changes to tracks have been made in the interest of improving safety it has had the undesirable side-effect of encouraging more risky driving.
“The problem is, the safer the circuit becomes the more ruthless the driving becomes,” he said. “So today there is such little respect for each others’ safety on the track.”
“They feel like they can bang wheels in a straight line, but ‘the car is mega-safe – it will take it’ is the belief and therefore you get this crazy, almost borderline reckless driving coming into play.”
Davidson survived a major crash during the Le Mans 24 Hours last year when his Toyota flew into the air. He shared second place with Sarazin and Sebastien Buemi in this year’s race following a crash which claimed the life of Allan Simonsen.
EDITOR’S NOTE: NBCSN will air additional Dakar Rally highlights on Monday at 7 p.m. ET.
As it has done so for four decades, the 40th annual Dakar Rally – the most grueling test of man and machine anywhere – produced a number of surprise finishes and also several disappointments for drivers or riders who were expected to do well in the nearly 5,600-mile trek that began in Peru and continued through Bolivia and ending in Argentina.
NBCSN has aired highlights from all 14 stages (actually 13, because one stage was completely rained out) during the Rally’s two-week run, which concluded Saturday.
Here’s some of the “best of” highlights from the overall Rally highlights, followed by a quick guide that gives you wrapups to all 14 stages.
So, without further adieu, here’s NBCSN’s “best of” the 2018 Dakar Rally:
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of cars
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of bikes
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of trucks
2018 Dakar Rally: Best of quads
Lastly, here’s a day-by-day wrapup of how the Rally played out.
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