Max Verstappen has revealed his thoughts after the fatal crash involving Dilano Van 't Hoff in July at Spa Francorchamps.
The 18 year-old Dutch driver was killed while taking part in a Formula Regional European in wet conditions, after an accident at the high speed Raidillon section.
Verstappen spoke about his reaction to the crash in an interview with Dutch motorsport magazine, Formula.nl: "When news of Dilano's accident came out, I had sent out a message via social media. Moments later I saw that Dilano's sister had responded under my post: 'Max, you were his great example. Thanks for this post.'
"That reaction did something to me. Then I immediately think of my family. Then you think of: S**t, if this had happened to me, they would have... Then you think: F**k."
Some F1 drivers were outspoken about the need to make further changes to the circuit, including Lance Stroll who felt F1 was "playing with fire" going to the track weeks after the fatal crash.
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.
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When asked about whether the crash changed his approach to risk management, Verstappen replied: "I don't know, but your thought process is different.
"I know what I was like when I drove Formula 3. There was no fear. I don't have that now either, but I do think more about the possible consequences of my actions.
"What could happen if... At the time you never thought about that, you drove purely on instinct. I'm not talking about Dilano now, because he was hit by someone else, but in general as a junior driver you take more wild risks than at a later age.”