“Cars have so much downforce now that they stick to the track far more effectivly and therefore what was considered as a high speed corner is now not that dangerous. “
I agree that the cars are safer but your sentence is true only if a driver gets it right.
I’m going to use Suzuka as an example. The chicane is great at slowing the car down and it needs it because the speed of that lap is incredible. Imagine if that chicane wasn’t there. Imagine say at the end of a race when the tyres are a bit worn, the fuel is quite light and the drivers have been going round at very high speed lap after lap and say they get turn 2 wrong and smash into the barrier (Suzuka is one of the view places that punishes drivers afterall). It would be a nightmare. Maybe some circuits could be jiggled about with like the busstop chicance could be made a bit nicer but all in all I’m happy with the safety standards and I don’t think we should step back 10 years.
I do think that perhaps with new circuits they shouldn’t just stick chicanes in (if the rules allow) and try to slow things down another way. If we want driver punishment maybe some closer barriers or (and I’m pinching Red Andy’s fine idea I saw a few weeks back on here) a really abrasive run off that wrecks their tyres.
Safety has to be first and foremost though I believe. I know it’s a driver’s choice to get in the car and danger always will be there in some form but I a death or severe injury would be horrendous. It’s not just the drivers but the spectators and the very brave marshals who are at risk too.