Indianapolis Indiana is dangerous

Just don't let anyone say that the disaster was not in sight. A US journalist wrote as a preview of the season finale of the IndyCar Series on Sunday on the oval in Las Vegas: "Nobody wants to miss this race. It will be hair-raising, frightening, fast, dangerous, risky, crazy, totally crazy."

That’s exactly how it turned out: 34 cars chasing through banked curves at more than 300 km / h, past concrete walls and fences, only centimeters apart, sometimes three next to each other, sometimes four. No, it really wasn't a miracle what happened in the eleventh round: A small problem led to a mass crash. Cars flew, it rained burning debris.

The scenery was reminiscent of war images. 15 cars were involved. The force with which some of them were thrown off course was so great that even the asphalt broke. It was no wonder Dan Wheldon, 33, of Great Britain died that afternoon. It is a miracle that no one except him suffered life-threatening injuries.

Next Sunday there will be a memorial service for Wheldon in Indianapolis, the great symbol of US motorsport. His death shocked motor sports enthusiasts around the world. We are now frantically considering what can be improved, how the deadly horror of sport can be driven out. Instead of sitting in open cockpits, pilots could soon find protection under armored glass hoods.

That makes sense, even in racing series such as Formula 1. Instead of walls, there could soon be soft impact walls in the curves. This is already practiced on many routes and is overdue in the ovals. Instead of safety fences, there could be plexiglass walls, which would also be desirable, but is expensive. There could be fewer oval races, which wouldn't be a loss.

Standing still is going backwards: the logic according to which sport works also applies to safety issues. Therefore, each of the efforts is meaningful and commendable. But one thing is also clear: even if all initiatives are implemented and take effect, there will still be too much and too much, races that are over the limit and which should therefore never be started.