Coulthard admits that were it not for safety improvements
in recent years, the accident - which saw Luciano Burti's Prost
hit a tyre barrier at nearly full speed, would have been fatal.
But Coulthard says the incident shouldn't cause motor sport's bosses
to reduce speeds at high-speeds tracks like Spa. Instead
he called for further improvements to run-off areas.
is an integral part of our sport," said Coulthard. "We can't
have a series of low speed corners, because that's not what F1 is
about...What we should try and do is make the run-off areas
as safe as possible, to minimise the chances of a driver
getting hurt because he hits the barrier."
probably owes his survival to the improvements in cockpit
safety introduced following the double tragedy at Imola in 1994
when Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger were killed. It's still
not certain whether the 26-year-old will recover in time for the
next grand prix on Sunday week.
Maitland, BBC SPORT