Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel has said he would rather Formula One be boring if it could bring back French driver Anthoine Hubert, who was killed in a Formula 2 crash in Belgium on Saturday.
Hubert, 22, lost control of his car on the second lap of the Formula Two feature race at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit. After an initial impact with the barriers, Hubert's car came back onto the race track and was hit at upwards of 200 km/h by American driver Juan Manuel Correa. Hubert's car was split in two pieces by the crash.
Ferrari driver Vettel said in a news conference that the sport's focus on entertainment must not be prioritised over driver safety.
"Some people think Formula One is too safe and too boring," Vettel said. "But I would rather have boring Formula One championships forever and bring Anthoine back.
"To some extent it [danger] is part of motor racing -- it's part of the thrill -- but obviously the last few years have been a wake-up with the passing of Jules [Bianchi] and now Anthoine.
"What happened couldn't be any worse. I think it will be examined in a very detailed way, which is correct and what everyone would expect, but to draw any conclusions now is probably not right, we need to have a full picture of a lot of elements.
"I'm a fan of holding races in Spa because it's a great track, which has a great history and a lot of the corners are unique, but for sure after what happened we need to have a very close look and take some time to understand exactly what happened."
Motor racing's governing body, the FIA, has launched an investigation into the accident.
Five-time world champion Lewis Hamilton said on Thursday he believes the inherent danger and skill required to win Formula One is sometimes underestimated, saying that Hubert was a hero "for taking the risk he did to chase his dreams."