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Marco Simoncelli Crash: Increased Safety Measures Can Only Prevent so Much

Matt FaulconerFeatured ColumnistOctober 27, 2011

Unfortunately, there is only so much the motorsports world can do to protect its drivers.

While there is speculation that IndyCar shouldn't have allowed drivers to race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where driver Dan Wheldon died, there was nothing that could be done in the case of Marco Simoncelli.

It was a tragic and unfortunate event; there is no doubt about that.

It is even more horrific when you realize that nothing could have been done to prevent the accident.

Every safety measure imaginable was in place during this race. Unfortunately, there is nothing that can be done to prevent another driver from being that close to a crash.

Races are decided by fate. It's as simple as that. A driver can do nothing to control what happens around him; he or she can only control him or herself.

Formula One legend Michael Schumacher spoke with Yahoo Sports about the role that fate has in motorsports deaths.

"If something has to happen, that is something I would call fate, and fate is something we are all faced with," Schumacher said.

"I am touched by what happened to both drivers, but unfortunately we have to say that is life. To have total safety—that is impossible.

"I don’t think when we drive we are thinking about putting ourselves in danger. When we push our cars to the limit, that is what we feel comfortable with," he said.

Schumacher is absolutely right: Total safety is not a realistic possibility. Officials make the sport as safe as they can, but it reaches a point that is out of their control.

The Simoncelli accident was out of his and MotoGP's control. 

With safety measures at an all-time high, we just have to hope to avoid as many of these accidents as possible in the future.