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Wolff responds to 'tragic' Spa death

Saturday at the Austrian Grand Prix Sprint was tainted by the news from the Belgian GP venue.

Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff has urged motorsport to learn from the tragic death of 18-year-old Dilano van 't Hoff at Spa-Francorchamps. The MP Motorsport driver died in an incident during the second FRECA race at the Belgian Grand Prix venue on Saturday morning, leading to an outpouring of support for those affected from across the motorsport world. Safety at Spa has come under question in recent years after a number of incidents at Eau Rouge and Raidillon in both single-seater and GT series, including the incident that took the life of former Alpine junior Anthoine Hubert in F2 in 2019. The circuit had undergone changes since those incidents to try and improve safety, though were not enough to help prevent Saturday's tragedy.


"First of all, motorsport is a very dangerous sport and we have learned over the many years that grown-ups take risks in their machines and that you are putting your life at risk," Wolff told media, including RacingNews365.com . "But the spate of tragic accidents we have with kids, from Jules, Anthoine and now this young guy is tragic, there is no other word. "You feel so much for the family. As a parent, I don't think you can feel how they do, there are no words for such an accident. "I am sure the FIA will look into it and see what we need to improve. We all cherish Spa because of the track that it is, but is there something we need to look at. "It seemed like it happened much later than Radillon, so there must have been something on the straight and low visibility. "But in any case, it is terrible. I saw [wife] Susie and she was in tears for such a young boy losing his life in a junior category, it is just beyond words. "Learn, learn, learn how to improve the safety further, what are the steps we can take and make sure young lives are protected."

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