During the past few days I have received numerous requests for comments regarding Jack Aitken’s crash at the Spa 24 hours race on July 31, 2021.
First, and most importantly, I want say I am extremely happy that Jack, as well as the other racing drivers involved in the accident are recovering from their injuries.
The accident occurred almost two years after my own accident at the same notorious Raidillon-Eau Rouge turn in the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, where I suffered serious injuries from which I am still recovering and the motorsport community tragically lost French driver Anthoine Hubert. The images of the crash are therefore particularly haunting.
Since my accident, I have raised various concerns with the FIA and organizers about track and driver safety. I have offered to share information from my own experience. I have been seeking answers about what happened, why, and what steps the FIA and other stakeholders have taken to make safety improvements and to avoid another driver from suffering serious injury in similar circumstances.
At this time discussions are ongoing with relevant stakeholders to try and resolve my concerns. I am confident those discussions will reach constructive conclusión and I will be in a better position to comment in the coming weeks.
Juan Manuel Correa