Posted on September 3, 2012

Sometimes the goal of an innovation in F1 is not the pursuit of better performance, but rather of safety. There have been plenty of examples of that and now the F1 teams and the FIA are fairly urgently and closely working together to come up with a solution to the problem of driver vulnerability in the cockpit. F1 has been lucky in recent years with several accidents which could have harmed or killed the driver due to his exposure in an open cockpit. We had another on Sunday. Fernando Alonso’s point of view as Romain Grosjean’s car smashed across the More…

Posted on December 8, 2011

Professor Sid Watkins has retired as president of the FIA Institute bringing down the curtain on his professional involvement in motor sport. Watkins served for over 25 years as the F1 Medical Delegate, staring in 1978. He has saved many lives in many ways, wither through helping to make the cars and circuits safer or more directly, such as when he saved Mika Hakkinen’s life trackside after a heavy accident in Adelaide in 1995. He will take up an honorary role with the organisation, but the presidency will now pass to Professor Gerard Saillant, who is a close ally of More…

Posted on October 17, 2011

The accident which killed British racing driver Dan Whedon yesterday in an Indycar race at Las Vegas has raised a number of safety questions, including the wisdom of running 34 open wheel cars on a tight 1.5 mile oval track such as Las Vegas with an average speed of 220mph. But it has also revived discussion about the possible use of canopies to make the drivers safer in the cockpit from flying wheels or debris, as happened with Felipe Massa and Henry Surtees. The FIA Institute has done some work in this area and produced some interesting content in the More…

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