The world of F1 has been drenched in thrill, glam and passion since the very first day. Everyone loves fast cars, especially when they’re being driven at the speed of 180 mph on a beautiful circuit. F1 started a new era for the automobile industry and quickly became popular amongst the thrill seeking fans right after the first race at Pau in 1950.

Over the time many rules and governing bodies changed. However one thing that has remained unchanged is a group of daredevils packing their selves in their 700kg chassis and racing around the tight corners in an attempt to become the world champion.

The F1 world, as rousing as it sounds has been a death track for numerous drivers since the beginning and still regardless of countless safety implementations has proved that the risks involved haven’t been completely terminated yet. Over the time period of 75 years 51 fatalities have been recorded almost all of which were recorded in the 20 century.  Many safety measures were introduced over this time yet none of them turned out to be as effective as the governing body would’ve wanted. However, the death of the Brazilian driver Ayrton Senna a day after the death of fellow colleague  Roland Ratzenberger in 1994 at Imola heralded a major turnaround for the sport.

Following the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix, which saw the deaths of Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger, the FIA formed an Expert Advisory Safety Committee to research and improve safety in motor racing. Immediate extreme safety steps were taken by the body which included reduction of speed, crash tests, new safety standards for helmets and race suits, and the eventual introduction of the HANS device as compulsory in all international racing series. No driver has died at the wheel of an F1 car since then.

Despite the immense safety measures would it be fair to claim that F1 isn’t dangerous anymore? We have witnessed a number of incidents including Fillipe Massa’s head injury which made him miss a whole season for Ferrari and the recent Fernando Alonso’s mysterious accident which was due to electric problems within his car. The death of Jules Bianchi nine months after his crash at Sazuka Circuit where Bianchi lost control of his Marussia in very wet conditions and collided with a recovery vehicle, suffering a diffuse axonal injury is the first F1 death after Senna’s death.

While experienced drivers like Kimi Raikonen believe that the sport is going in loss because it lacks danger and thrill, others including Massa support a different view and are pushing hard for safer cars. The financial constraints and declining fan following puts the FIA in some real thinking. Do they go for the faster and riskier cars? Should they continue with the so called boring methods? Or should they find new ways to revive the thrill and speed keeping the safety in mind. They need to make a quick decision and that’s exactly what Formula 1 is all about, you’ve got to be quick.