I think the early stats do show some facts. After Stewart got involved and the protests happened, we saw an immediate huge drop in fatalities. As to exactly why - that is, was it track conditions, car upgrades, regulations etc - that is still to identify. Hopefully, kind knowledgable forum members might be able to mention specific years safety items were introduced - such as carbon fibre tubs, or fire extinguishers in the car, etc. I'll map these along the time line as well. So please, post any relevant info you all know of.
As with any evolution, people just get better and this is probably reflected as well. Drivers now spend years coming up throughout the ranks in different classes starting in karts. It might be worthwhile to see just how much prior experience the early drivers actually had before driving F1 and this may factor as well (i.e total years experience).
Overall though, the stats do certainly show F1 is quite safe considering. Next couple of graphs will show correlation to tracks and hopefully (if not too hard to find out) distance travelled.
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