Is the Raidillon on the Spa-Francorchamps track too dangerous? The question arises more and more after another spectacular crash took place this Friday, August 27 during the qualifying session of the W Series, the 100% female FIA single-seater championship.
This Friday, two W Series drivers were rushed to hospital for additional checks after an accident in the Raidillon involving the single-seaters piloted by Fabienne Wohlwend, Ayla Agren, Abbie Eaton, Sarah Moore, Belen Garcia and Beitske Visser.
The session was immediately halted as the marshals and track officials, including the medical car, attended the scene.
In a statement released after the crash, W Serie said: » All of the pilots involved in the incident are undergoing a medical assessment and two of them – Ayla Agren and Beitske Visser – have been transferred to hospital for further checks. «
Further updates will be released by the W Series once more information becomes available regarding these two drivers.
Quickly, the images of this accident (which we decided not to show you) made the rounds of social networks and the debate on the dangerousness of the mythical Raidillon de Spa resurfaced, some more well-known voices like that of Guanyu Zhou, the test pilot of the Alpine team, clearly asking for changes to be made to the Belgian track.
“The Eau Rouge bend in Spa needs to be changed. I don’t want to go too far, but when every race weekend we see a huge incident involved in the same turn, we can’t just ignore it and move on. « the Chinese said on Twitter.
Man… Eau Rouge corner in Spa needs to making a change. Don’t want to go too deeply into it but when every race weekend we see a huge incident involved in the same corner, we can’t just ignore it and move on.
I hope everyone is ok #WSeries 🙌🏼
– Guanyu Zhou (@ gyzhou_33) August 27, 2021
The images of this accident this Friday at Spa obviously bring back very dark memories, since it is precisely here that the Frenchman Anthoine Hubert lost his life in 2019 after a terrible accident in Formula 2.
More recently at the beginning of August, following a huge pile-up at the top of the Raidillon, Jack Aitken, reservist for the Williams Formula 1 team, and Davide Rigon, factory driver for Ferrari were hospitalized with multiple injuries. They have since left the hospital.
So should we change the Raidillon of the Spa-Francorchamps layout or should we simply accept that motorsport is a high risk sport? I do not have the answer and it is not for me as a simple journalist to answer it, but it seems obvious that this question will be raised again in the coming weeks …