Lance Stroll demands safety changes after racer dies

Aston Martin’s Lance Stroll has called for urgent action after a fatal collision at Spa-Francorchamps.

Lance Stroll has called for significant changes to be implemented at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit after the devastating multi-car collision that claimed the life of 18-year-old Dilano van ‘t Hoff during the Formula Regional European Championship.

The young Dutch driver lost his life in a harrowing accident at the start of Kemmel Straight, which involved multiple cars. 

Van ‘t Hoff’s car spun out of control on the exit of Raidillon and was struck at high speed by Adam Fitzgerald’s vehicle, resulting in the tragic fatality.

This incident occurred in close proximity to the location where Anthoine Hubert, a Formula 2 driver, tragically lost his life in 2019. 

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In light of this latest tragedy, Lance Stroll has emphasiSed the need for immediate safety improvements to the Eau Rouge and Raidillon corner combination.

Expressing his deep condolences, the Aston Martin driver stated, “It’s a tragic day for motorsport. 

“We lost a driver today, so I want everyone to think about that. My thoughts are with him today, and it breaks my heart it happened.”

Stroll further emphasised the urgent need for changes at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, particularly regarding the treacherous Eau Rouge corner. 

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He asserted, “I think Eau Rouge at Spa needs some looking into because we’ve lost two drivers now in a span of four or five years. 

“It’s a really dangerous corner. We say it every year, and it’s not fair what happened today. 

“I think that corner has to change. It’s way too dangerous, and I think every time we go through there, there’s an accident waiting to happen, and today it happened again, and we lost a young kid. It’s not fair.”

Stroll’s impassioned plea for improved safety measures reflects the concerns shared by many within the racing community. 

The Spa-Francorchamps circuit is renowned for its challenging and iconic corners, including Eau Rouge and Raidillon. 

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However, the recent tragedies have shed light on the urgent need to reassess and modify these sections to enhance the safety of drivers.

The loss of Dilano van ‘t Hoff serves as a stark reminder of the risks involved in motorsport and the constant need for vigilance in prioritising safety. 

The incident has sparked renewed calls for comprehensive safety evaluations and modifications to circuits, particularly in areas known to pose significant hazards.