Formula One, as much is an entertaining sport, so is it dangerous to unimaginable levels. Think about 24 cars going neck to neck at speeds in excess of 300kmph, with all those hard braking and overtaking as close as it can be. Yes, Formual One is getting safer day by day, but that doesn't mean that it is not a fundamentally dangerous sport anymore.
The accident of Jules Bianchi at the Suzuka, Japan GP, nearly two months ago proved the fact. The near fatal accident was the most serious after the last fatal accident of Ayrton Senna nearly 20 years ago. And to prove their strictness on safety, the FIA, immediately convened a panel to assess the incident and they came out with shocking findings. According to the panel's report, Bianchi was at fault during the event, causing a severe head injury in the process.
The 396-page report released by the FIA World Motor Council in Qatar, states that Bianchi failed to slow down after the double yellow flags were deployed to warn the presence of heavy crane at the track, clearing off the debris from the earlier crash of Adrian Sutil. The high speed resulted in Bianchi crashing into the crane at speeds as high as 130 kmph.
There were some other major findings which panel, further concluded that Bianchi was at fault. Bianchi pressed both pedals with both feet just seconds before the crash and the brake-by-wire system in his car failed to cut power to the engine as it was supposed to. Also, the conditions were rainy and it was already getting dark, resulted both in low traction and visibility.
Chaired by FIA Safety Commission President Peter Wright, veteran strategist Ross Brawn, former Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicalli, two-time world champion Emerson Fittipaldi and former grand-prix driver Alex Wurz, the panel recommended some series of changes to be made in the F1 like, speed limit be imposed under double yellow flags, throttle fail-safe system be reviewed, water drainage on grand-prix circuits be reviewed, and much more.