10/09/2014 10:08 EDT | Updated 12/09/2014 05:59 EST

F1 drivers say taking risks is why they race, have missed feelings about closed cockpits

SOCHI, Russia - Formula One drivers have reacted lukewarmly to suggestions of a closed cockpit in the wake of Jules Bianchi's serious accident, saying a measure of risk is why they like travelling at high speeds.

While not excluding a closed cockpit as an option in the future, some drivers say they have mixed feelings since Formula One always has been an open-wheel series.

Bianchi suffered a severe head injury at last Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix and is in critical but stable condition.

Several drivers addressed the issue of safety as they spoke Thursday ahead of the weekend's Russian Grand Prix, which comes only one week after the race in Japan.

They say accidents stay in their minds but won't stop them from racing.