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Sports Words Monthly
August 2001
Vocabulary from the sporting news.
  Michael Schumacher's Ferrari
Formula 1
Michael Schumacher broke the world record for Grand Prix wins at the Belgium Grand Prix. But during the race there was a serious accident. Driver David Coulthard gave his thoughts about safety. This report from Colin Maitland.
   
The News Listen  
 

David 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.

"Danger 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."

Burti 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.

Colin Maitland, BBC SPORT
 

   
The Words Listen
 
  admits
says that it is true

 
   
  improvements
things that are made better

 
   
  fatal
a fatal accident is one in which someone is killed

 
   
  to reduce
to make less

 
   
  run-off areas
a place on the side of the racing track where cars can go safely if they come off the track

 
   
  integral
important

 
   
  to minimise
to make smaller

 
   
  cockpit
the part of a racing car where the driver sits.

 
   
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