Daniel Ricciardo believes Formula 1 is in the right place regarding its approach to drivers’ safety, recognising a “change in mindset” from the past.

The Australian was referring to the decision not to turn the lights green for the Belgian Grand Prix, with incessant rain convincing the race management that only two short runs behind the Safety Car were possible.

There is clearly a different attitude towards safety in F1 than in past decades, when such conditions would not have been perceived as a barrier to stop a race from going ahead.

But ultimately, the worst-case-scenario is for serious harm to come to anyone at a circuit – and Ricciardo, whose McLaren team-mate Lando Norris had crashed heavily in qualifying at Spa, thinks the sport is now getting the balance right between excitement and keeping it safe.

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