FIA presents safety campaign

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FIA presents safety campaign
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M otorsport can never be safe enough. The FIA ​​Safety Commission is therefore constantly working on new topics. After the drivers' briefing on the US GP, expert Andy Mellor informed the GP drivers about the latest results. A new development is already being tested in Austin. Fernando Alonso and Daniil Kvyat have a high-speed camera on board, which is mounted on the leading edge of the cockpit and films the pilot's head.

The camera, which weighs 40 grams and has a lens only twelve millimeters in size, is intended to provide information show how the helmet, the HANS and the neck protection behave in the event of an accident. 'We want to see what movements the head makes in an impact from the front, from the back and from the side,' explains Mellor.

Mercedes halo among candidates

The topic of cockpit protection was also raised. The drivers were shown different versions that should be tested step by step. The halo developed by Mercedes (see video) will soon be tried out on a car to see how far the driver's view is restricted.

The presentation also included the processing of Carlos' accident Sainz in Sochi. There was criticism in many places that the Toro Rosso was submerged under the Tecpro barriers, which in the worst case could have injured the driver. The lower noses of the Formula 1 cars were named as the cause. Mellor refuted this criticism based on data and photos.

Sainz accident proves F1 safety

In fact, the accident went almost 'perfectly'. Sainz hit the first of the 3 Tecpro barriers at 153 km /h. The Toro Rosso came to a stop within just 4 meters. The retardation values ​​were distributed over the 3 barriers and were 22, 25 and 41 g. A delay of 46 g was measured in the left ear. Sainz was unharmed. The Spaniard drove the Grand Prix the next day and would have ended up in the points without the brake defect.

Film recordings and photos show that the Toro Rosso was not submerged under the plastic container. Only when it rebounded was the last Tecpro barrier swept away and thrown onto the Toro Rosso. Mellor promised the drivers: 'We are looking for solutions to prevent this from happening again.'

The criticism that the driver was not rescued from the car quickly enough could also be heardrefute the experts. Sainz had signaled to the marshals that he was fine. In this case, the marshals always wait with the rescue until the route doctor is on site in the medical car and coordinates the further measures. If the pilot is in danger, the helpers will of course start the rescue straight away.

Incidentally, Sainz himself did not express any criticism of the safety precautions. The Spaniard only complained that for a long time it was not clear to the outside world how his health was. Above all, the rookie had his family in mind. Now the FIA ​​wants to check how the driver can give the all-clear without radio in the future.

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