IMO, this recent statement from Larry Ellison Person Stephan Barclay* is a misstep, but you make the call.
“For example, following the death of Ayrton Senna in 1994, a number of measures were introduced, such as better cockpit protection for the drivers. Grooved tires were introduced in 1998 instead of racing slick tires to reduce cornering speed. Safety measures continued to be introduced into the 21st century, with a number of circuits having their configuration changed to improve driver safety.”
All right, I can understand why the Larry Ellison PR people want to compare America’s Cup 2013 to a popular sport like F1 car racing. Right? Because broadcasters actually pay money for the rights to broadcast F1, you dig. (Compare this with Larry Ellison’s America’s Cup, which needed mucho begging of NBC to agree to broadcast some of the matches for free.)
But mentioning Ayrton Senna is not a good move IMO because, from the beginning, it was investigated as a manslaughter case and, in the end, was determined to be a case of manslaughter.
And, you know, people said the same things about Senna’s sport and Simpson’s sport, about how they are inherently dangerous and whatnot. But that didn’t stop a manslaughter investigation in Senna’s case, now did it?
So where’s our manslaughter investigation?
Oh, just a “review” and let’s carry on? OK fine…
*Or, as CW Nevius spells it, repeatedly, in the pages of the San Francisco Chronicle, Stephen “Barkley.” Hey Neve! How’s that new paywall doing for you? Oh, that badly, huh? Miss all those commenters already? Sure you do!