Jonny, not an argument, merely an attempt to illuminate, 1962 was in the 60′s according to my calendar, wearing of seat belts became mandatory in N.S.W in 1970 despite considerable opposition from a large proportion of the driving public, many states in the USA have had “buckle-up campaigns in this century. More people died because of a lack of technology then and that is my point, in many areas of life more people died and therefore it was less horrifying than it is now, fortunately things have improved all round. I got the data, imprecise as it is, from my memory. My post was intended for LiteralF1 and others who find it incomprehensible that F1 was allowed to continue as it did in those years.Had motorsport been banned when the first participant died the word would no longer exist in our vocabulary.
In a nutshell, a large portion of the danger in F1 at the time in the mid-60s to early 70s was that the progression of technology that enabled racing cars to go faster (Wings, spoilers, monocoques, stressed engines etc) was going so much faster that the track owners did’nt & wouldn’t keep up with and became antiquated. Circuits like Spa (of old) and Nordschleife were part of a bygone age and grand as they were/are, they had to move with the times or be left to history.
The cars (or their designers) were just as much of the problem with safety towards the driver coming last in the list of priorities of the pursuit of speed. I can’t remember who in the program said it, but once the technology that makes a car quicker is found, it can’t be unlearnt.
Regarding seatbelts, looking at it, I can fully understand the drivers not wanting to wear them, I wouldn’t want to be strapped into a molotov cocktail on wheels either.
watched it yesterday after having sky+’d it. real eye opener as to how things were. i wasn’t aware that 1976 was the first season where a driver hadn’t been killed on track.
what looks scary today was the accepted norm for that era. straw bales, spectators standing wherever, fuel cans laying in the ‘pit’ area, the race continuing on around burning wreckage etc. not saying it’s right, far from it, but that’s how it was. thankfully the sport moved on, largely due to jackie stewart and the GPDA.
despite the graphic footage, i think that every race fan should watch this just to see how things have massively moved on.