Drivers Voice Testing Safety Concerns

Mark Webber and Jarno Trulli have added their voice to growing concerns about the level of safety at Formula One tests - but both claim they are hopeful changes will be made to alleviate drivers' worries

Drivers Voice Testing Safety Concerns

After David Coulthard became the first driver to speak openly about fears within the Grand Prix Drivers' Association that safety standards at tests do not match those at Formula One races, Webber and Trulli have both backed moves to improve the situation.

The matter has gained momentum over recent days following Alexander Wurz's massive accident during last week's Paul Ricard test.

"At the races we are very well looked after but in testing, when we are testing new components and doing a huge volume of mileage, I think we are definitely a bit shallow on the back up," said Webber.

"So, it needs to be addressed quite quickly and I am sure it will be. All the drivers are together on it, and that is one thing, and we have also singled out some tracks in general which we want to improve safety as well. That is very important for the drivers at the moment."

Trulli added: "All the GPDA members are concerned about it. We raised this problem and discussed it several times because we really believe the safety during testing is not good enough, or not as good as during the races.

"We really are wanting to push the teams, the FIA and everyone to raise the safety standard during testing, because I cannot see why we shouldn't have the same safety standard.

"The risk is exactly the same, or even a little more, because we are doing a lot more laps during testing days than we do during a race weekend, so we really have to take a look at this matter."

The Grand Prix Drivers' Association are due to have meetings over the course of the Monaco Grand Prix weekend to plan out a course of action for their campaign.

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