Don't know Rob Lay (let's just call him by his name, shall we?), and I frankly I have been a little irritated by the amount of time spend on discussing him on this site. Surely we can discuss more interesting (and fun) things? That said....
I was sufficiently intrigued in this case. It took me a long time to find the thread in question. When I did, I realised I had seen the crash video several months ago - really scary.
I think Wayne from Hong Kong formulated my opinion of Rob's posts well.
I am a little versed in racing as well. Been racing internationally for over ten years and currently hold an FIA International A license.
I disagree with the way you post your views. I'll leave it like that.
The driver in question was last reported in coma. No-one asked later on if he managed to get out of it. Reactions are very cold, like a human life doesn't mean a thing. People make mistakes. In hindsight, and/or from the sideline, it is easy to judge. Things happen quickly in motor racing, and consequences can be dire. That doesn't mean that someone is stupid. It doesn't mean they shouldn't be on the race track. It can just as easy have been a genuine, once-off, mistake by a very experienced driver.
I like Doug's sentiment that we should stick together more and be more supportive. But unfortunately, racing feeds the inner child and adrenalin-pumped thinking (well, not really thinking at all). It all gets emotional very quickly, and people lose sight of context. Likely they have made very stupid mistakes too but conveniently forget them. A little self reflection would serve everyone well.
It's all a very sad story, and I hope the driver has recovered well in the past 5 months.
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