The dangers associated with hurtling through time and space at unnatural speeds will never be eliminated, but thanks to safety engineering the rate at which F1 drivers have met untimely ends has slowed drastically.
In the 1960's and 70's F1 driver deaths occurred almost annually. That pattern was broken in the 1980's with just four Formula 1 fatalities through the decade. And then following Ratzenberger and Senna in 1994, Formula 1 safety became an utmost priority.
But despite all of the remarkable and effective safety measures implemented, to our eyes there remains one glaring driver vulnerability: The head exposure in Formula 1 and all other forms of open cockpit race cars.
This vulnerability was brought tragically into focus just last year when Indycar driver Justin Wilson was struck by a bouncing wheel, and later died from traumatic head injury. We watched that race live; the incident was both saddening and immensely frustrating because it seemed so eminently avoidable.
Thankfully, Formula 1 looks to be set to implement meaningful head protection next season. A few teams have offered concepts, but Red Bull's "Aeroscreen" seems the most likely and elegant solution so far. Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo tested the device in F1 Practice a couple of weeks back and offered positive feedback.
We hope that development continues and we see something like this on the grid in '17.