Death and F1 used to be linked in a most frightening yet tantilising way.
I love to hear the old F1 driver speak of the joy and thrill that they got from taking a car out on a track and knowing that they might not return to the pits. It gives you a sense of someone who has faced danger and lived to tell the story.
To clarify, I don't want to see another death in F1. I hope Ayrton Senna is the last F1 driver to perish at the wheel of an F1 car.
It's clear that F1 still has it's dangers, Schumacher breaking his legs, Massa's near fatal collision with a spring and Perez colliding with the Monaco barriers.
At this point I would like to just pay tribute the the lower formula motorsports. Of note is Adrian Surtees who tragically died in a collision with strange similarities to that of Massa.
I miss fuel stops in F1. Yes there were accidents putting fuel into cars but it was amazing when it came to specticle. It also meant that you had the fastest laps for the most time in F1. Please bring this back.
There is something missing when drivers like Robert Kubica and Kimi Raikkonen are turning to rally to get a thrill from motorsport when they are part of the best sport in the world!
When I talk about safety in this way I sometimes come into conflict with myself.
The Monaco GP is a fantasic example of one of my favourite tracks in the world. The slightest mistake can lead to a race ending consequence.
The new generation of circuits with large run off areas just don't appeal to me. I want to see the best drivers in the world getting it right every time and getting punished for mistakes.
I have ultimate respect for the men who dared to drive F1 cars without HANS devices, seatbelts, carbon fibre monococks and even helmets. These men were real path finders and deserve to be remembered by every motorsport fan.