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Jules Bianchi Reminds Us That Formula 1 Still Involves Bravery, Danger and Risk

After Jules Bianchi's life-threatening crash brought a premature end to Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix, it felt strange to think that almost two hours earlier we were all bemoaning first a race start and then later a restart under safety car conditions. Since the 2007 Japanese event at Fuji Speedway—a grand prix held in conditions which made Formula One resemble the America's Cup—almost everyone connected with the sport has at one time or another accused it of being allergic to a drop of rain. Drivers frequently plead with Charlie Whiting, the FIA race director, over pit-to-car radio to stop spoiling their fun and withdraw the safety car, claiming that a race neutralised due to a flooded track is taking place on a surface good eno...

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