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Bernie Ecclestone wants the danger factor ramped up in F1

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Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone thinks the sport is too safe and wants to introduce more walls at corners to bring back the sense danger. 

Ecclestone knows his rather left field comments aren't likely to be welcomed by the safety conscious bosses of teams, and the sport as a whole, but he would prefer to see more crashes and more thrilling events in races. 

The 85-year-old commented saying: "I've been criticised probably by everybody because I wanted to build 40cm walls around the corners.


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"In those [the old] days, and it can't happen again, people would come to a race and think somebody could get killed...Today they know they come to a race and nobody is going to get killed. Which is good."

Safety has long been a major concern for all involved in F1 with multiple deaths resulting from in race crashes, including Ayrton Senna's fatal crash at the 1994 San Marino GP.

Since then, over 20 years went by without a fatality before Jules Bianchi tragically passed away due to the injuries he suffered at the Japanese GP in 2014. 

Ecclestone knows the dangers but cites the increasing number of near-miss incidents where drivers have walked away somewhat unscathed from horrific looking collisions due to the improvements in car safety. 

"What Fernando had in Australia ... you wouldn't think he was going to walk away," he said, referring to Alonso's escape from a huge crash at the Australian GP at the start of the 2016 season. 

"What we ought to do immediately that happens is have big sheets all the way around, bring the ambulance in ... and take him away.

"He's gone to the hospital and later on you announce that, thank God, he's out. A bit of showbiz. People like that." 

The long time F1 supremo wants to see more tight street type circuits as opposed to big open tracks with expansive run off areas to increase excitement for fans. 

He stated: "They didn’t go off the road in Baku and I’ve never seen them go off in Monaco. Or Singapore. And they are probably some of the good races.

"If someone is running a circus with a high-wire act 15 metres up people will want to go there. If it were a metre off the ground, they’d say, 'I can do that'."

Ecclestone was speaking at the US Grand Prix in Austin last weekend as the season prepares to wind down with just three races remaining, with the Mexican Grand Prix up next on Sunday. 

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