There is a bit of chat today resulting from some remarks made by Kimi Raikkonen during an interview recorded in Canada with Jean Alesi for France’s Canal+. The Finn said F1 should be made more dangerous. Later in the weekend he stood in front of the FIA’s banners proclaiming Action for Road Safety after qualifying for the Canadian GP. Clearly the mixed messages highlight the conflict of interest that exists between the road safety ambitions of the FIA and safety in the sport, which more or less forces the federation to make racing as safe as possible. The FIA has done much to improve safety in the top championships but there is rarely a week that passes when there is not some nasty accident in the minor forms of racing and rallying, over which the FIA has nominal control through its member clubs. Surely before going out and trying to tell the world how to behave on the roads, it would be wise for the FIA to get its house in order rather more at the lower levels of the sport.
The road safety lobby is made up of hundreds of government bodies and NGOs and international organizations such as the United Nations and the World Health Organisation and it is unnecessary for the FIA to be involved, not least because it is viewed by the road safety lobby as being an apologist for the motor industry. Perhaps it is better to let the do-gooders do good and let the racers be the bad boys.