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Thursday, 20 April, 2000, 16:26 GMT 17:26 UK
Silverstone steps-up safety
Ricardo Zonta had a lucky escape at Silverstone
Silverstone cannot guarantee the safety of spectators at this weekend's British Grand Prix, the circuit's chief executive has warned - despite safety improvements being made to the Northamptonshire track.

Work was carried out following an incident in testing last week when Ricardo Zonta's British American Racing car vaulted a fence.

"Everybody is aware that motor racing is dangerous and you can never make it 100% safe, but we make is as safe as we possibly can for spectators and drivers," said Denys Rohan.

"The safety devices at the corner worked very well because it was a massive, massive accident.

"While you have to be able to learn from it, Zonta walked away from it with a cut finger.

We cannot get 100% security and there is a big question mark over whether we ever will

Michael Schumacher

"You try and legislate for as much as you can, but all accidents are unusual.

You have to study what went on to see whether it can or will happen again."

Officials have added an extra row of tyres, increased their height to match that of the fence and smoothed the gravel trap in the hope of stopping a repeat of Zonta's accident from last Thursday.

The Brazilian was sent spinning into the gravel at Stowe Corner after losing a front tyre on his BAR at 180mph.

The car hit the top of the tyre barrier and vaulted over an eight-feet high perimeter fence.

Zonta landed upside down in a no-go area in front of the grandstand, though the section could contain marshals during the race.

Ferrari's Michael Schumacher, who contacted the sport's safety officer Charlie Whiting after witnessing the accident last Thursday, said: "We have made some detailed changes, not only at Stowe.

"We cannot get 100% security and there is a big question mark over whether we ever will."

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