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April 19, 2018

With only three races gone in the 2018 campaign and drivers getting familiar with the new Halo system, details about next year’s plans have already been finalized. And drivers will have to get used to another new piece of equipment with the introduction of biometric gloves. It will be compulsory for all drivers to wear the specialized gloves as the sport looks to improve the safety of those racing. The new gloves, that will transmit potentially life-saving data from the driver to the at-track medical team, feature a sensor stitched into the fabric that will monitor a driver’s pulse rate...

April 18, 2018

There's a common criticism from competitors that changes in safety legislation are simply money grabs from suppliers, but the reality is very different. For most participants, motorsport is a never-ending quest to get the best performance you can from human and machinery, while keeping an eye on costs. Of course, maximizing the capability of the human depends on remaining uninjured for as long as possible. After all, you're not going to get very good results if you're convalescing in bed for a year. And, if that happens, the cost of your motorsport activities to your family will have been...

April 17, 2018

Formula 1 is set to alter pitstop procedures after the spate of unsafe releases this season has exposed a weakness in some teams' systems. An unsafe release from McLaren in practice for the Chinese Grand Prix was the fifth such problem in three GP weekends and came a week after a Ferrari pit crew member suffered a broken leg in Bahrain. The unsafe releases have occurred despite all 10 teams employing a semi-automated system that is supposed to stop drivers being given the green light to leave their pit box before the pitstop is complete. FIA race director Charlie Whiting has revealed he...

April 13, 2018

A sensor problem – that’s what a Ferrari investigation has found was the reason for Kimi Raikkonen being instructed to leave his pit box too early in last weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix, resulting in one of his mechanics suffering a broken leg.  There was an issue removing the left-rear tyre when Raikkonen boxed for the second time in Sakhir, meaning pit crew member Francesco Cigarini was unable to fit the new tyre. However, a green light was given to signal the pit stop was complete and Raikkonen duly pulled away, knocking Cigarini to the ground. He was taken to hospital for surgery,...

April 12, 2018

The SAFER Barrier has been saving lives for more than a decade at NASCAR and IndyCar circuits across the United States, as well as in the European circuit. On April 11, SAE International honored the team that created the Steel Foam Energy Reduction Barriers with the 2017 SAE John Melvin Motorsports Safety Award, which includes Dean Sicking, Ph.D. Sicking, a leading figure in highway safety research for more than 30 years, has led a research team at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Engineering since 2012.  “It is an honor to receive this national award...

April 10, 2018

As a long standing a member of the old guard, Monaco boss Michel Boeri concedes he is no fan of Formula 1's halo safety concept. The man who has been at the helm of the glitzy Principality's Grand Prix for decades is bucking the trend this year by keeping the girls on the Monaco grid. But Boeri just took another shot at political correctness by lambasting F1's safety efforts which have gone too far according to the distinguished President of the Automobile Club de Monaco. "They will install an ejector seat next," Boeri told Nice Matin newspaper. "Motor racing is dangerous. If...

April 9, 2018

A Ferrari team mechanic was hospitalized with a broken leg after being struck by Kimi Raikkonen's car during a botched tire change at the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday. Raikkonen came in for his second tire change of the race after 36 of 57 laps and was given the green light to go despite work still continuing on the rear left tire. As the Ferrari driver pulled away, the tire hit the leg of one of the mechanics, knocking him to the ground. Ferrari later tweeted that the mechanic, Francesco Cigorini, likely sustained a "shinbone and fibula fracture." The mechanic was standing next to the...

April 2, 2018

A 75-year-old Napa man died Wednesday at the Sonoma Raceway in Northern California when his customized 1976 Ford Pinto hit a wall at 100 mph during a sanctioned amateur drag racing event, officials say. James Kenneth Rambo had already taken at least one lap in the Wednesday Night Dragsprogram, in which people can bring their own vehicles to drag race one the raceway’s quarter-mile track, reported KGO. “This particular participant had a full roll cage,” Jere Starks, vice president of facilities and operations at Sonoma Raceway, told the station. A roll cage is a special...

March 27, 2018

  Billy Monger was the racing community's collective heartbreak of 2017. During a Formula 4 race in April of last year at Donington Park, the then 17-year-old driver crashed into the back of Patrik Pasma's stalled car, causing an accident that led to months in the hospital for Monger. Both of his legs were amputated as a result, and people from across the globe flooded the young Brit with support, even donating a total of £841,844 to his crowdfunding campaign—323 percent of the original goal. Now, just a year after the life-changing crash, "Billy Whizz" is slated to enter...

March 27, 2018

The Motorsport Safety Foundation has partnered with leading racing safety equipment company, MOMO, to assist the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) in promoting driver safety throughout the 2018 race season. The Motorsport Safety Foundation has secured nearly $20,000 in certificates for SFI and FIA-approved MOMO racing gloves, boots or even a racing suit to be awarded at the discretion of the SCCA Chiefs of Tech at SCCA's seven remaining 2018 Hoosier Super Tour races across the United States. "Many racers dedicate their resources around what makes the car go fast, but we all know that the...

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