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Safety calls after driver death at Interlagos

ESPNF1 Staff
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Gustavo Sondermann, who was killed at the weekend, in action at the Formula Renault UK Championship in 2004 © Getty Images

Leading Brazilian touring car driver Caca Bueno is calling for urgent safety improvements at the Interlagos Formula One circuit after stock car driver Gustavo Sondermann was killed there in an event at the weekend

At the wet Sao Paulo venue on Sunday, Sondermann lost control near the end of a lap at the Curva do Cafe corner that in recent times has been unofficially dubbed 'Tamburello de Interlagos' - a reference to Imola's notorious sweeping corner that was radically re-profiled after Ayrton Senna was killed there in 1994.

At the fast-left Curva do Cafe in 2007, Rafael Sperafico was killed after he bounced off the wall and into the path of a competitor, and in February a motorcycle rider also died at the corner.

"The circuit is very good, the best in the country and internationally approved, but we have a serious problem there," Bueno said in an interview with TV Globo. "We need to make a change and the ideal one would be an escape area."

Former F1 driver Luciano Burti, a Sao Paulo native, agreed. "We need to find the room for that, like bringing down the bleachers for some run-off. Safety must come first. The solution exists and we need unity to make the changes before the next thing happens there."