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Lance Stroll

Stroll: F1 'playing with fire' at Spa after latest death

The Aston Martin driver thinks changes need to be made after the deaths of two young drivers in the space of five years.

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Lance Stroll thinks Spa Francorchamps is "playing with fire" and has called for changes to be made to the circuit after the death of 18-year-old Dilano van 't Hoff.

The Aston Martin driver specifically wants to see changes made to the Eau Rouge-Raidillon section of the circuit after it claimed the life of Anthoine Hubert during a Formula 2 race in 2019.

"We're gonna go in there in a few weeks and it's horrible what happened today," he told media, including RacingNews365.com.

"We seriously need to think about what to do with that corner because it's never fun going through there. Every time we go through there we put our lives on the line and it's not right."

Stroll: Not fair what happened

Spa has spent €80 million on safety revamps in recent years which include changes to the Eau Rouge, Raidillon and at the start of the Kemmel Straight.

While the conditions differed between both fatal accidents in junior single-seaters, Stroll believes more needs to be done to improve the safety at the section.

"We need do something or we're playing with fire in a couple of weeks time again," he said. "Not just us, F2 kids, F3 kids, everyone who goes through that corner.

"Even if it's dry and someone loses a car, it's a blind corner, you hit the wall, come back in the middle the track, and a car comes at you 300-plus kph - you're toast.

"It's not fair what happened, that corner needs to be looked at and changed. We've lost two young talents in a span of five years.

"We lost a young driver at Spa today and my thoughts are with him and his family."

When asked if he thinks there needs to be a discussion over further safety solutions, Stroll interjected: "To be losing lives in that corner, it needs to change. It's not even a discussion."

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