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April 24, 2017

An 11-year-old Spanish driver died from injuries sustained in a crash at Fernando Alonso’s karting circuit in Spain over the weekend, the Spanish Motorsport Federation confirmed in a statement on Sunday. According to a statement posted to the federation’s Twitter account at 2:21 a.m. ET, driver Gonzalo Basurto was at the Fernando Alonso Karting Campus for a private practice before an Asturian Karting Championship event. A translation of the statement, posted originally in Spanish, said Basurto “suffered a serious accident” in the session and was not able to “overcome...

April 24, 2017

The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve has confirmed it will make a host of safety changes to accommodate the new faster 2017 cars for this year's Canadian Grand Prix in June. Whilst almost all the circuits on the calendar have been told to make some minor modifications, the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve has been singled out as one of the most heavily revised due to its high-speed nature and the proximity of the walls and barriers. More than 5,000 tyres will be replaced with TechPro barriers around the circuit, most notably at Turns 1 and 2, as well as the hairpin. Turn 5 will see 'SAFER...

April 21, 2017

Pascal Wehrlein has defended the way news of his back injury was handled by his Sauber Formula 1 team, and insists the Swiss squad never hid the severity of it. The German driver sustained a compression fracture of a neck vertebra in an accident during January's Race of Champions in Miami, and missed the first test of F1's pre-season, citing a "back issue" as the reason for his absence. Wehrlein travelled to the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, but withdrew from the event after Friday practice, and then skipped the Chinese GP before making his return to racing in Bahrain last weekend...

April 20, 2017

Billy Monger has been woken up from his induced coma and has already hinted at driving a racing car again, after losing his legs in a British Formula 4 crash. The 17-year-old underwent lengthy surgery following the accident at Donington Park last Sunday and it was revealed on Wednesday both his lower legs had been amputated. Monger was temporarily brought out of the coma before another operation on Thursday. JHR Developments boss Steven Hunter, whose team ran Monger in Ginetta Juniors and British F4, has been with the teenager and his family throughout this week. "We've had some...

April 19, 2017

British Formula 4 driver Billy Monger has been airlifted to hospital following a high-speed crash at Donington Park in Leicestershire. The 17-year-old ran into the back of another car being driven by Finnish driver Patrik Pasma, which appeared to have stopped on the track. The teen remained in the vehicle for over 90 minutes after the crash and he is said to have suffered leg injuries. Footage of the incident was captured by his onboard camera. In a statement, the organisers said: "Monger has been carefully extracted from the car after suffering leg injuries, and has since been...

April 18, 2017

The governing body for Formula 1 could ban the controversial 'T-wings' seen up and down the grid in 2017. The aerodynamic appendages are unpopular from an aesthetic point of view, and there could also be a safety issue after two high-profile failures on the Mercedes car recently. "I think they should be banned on the grounds of safety and cost," said Red Bull boss Christian Horner after a wing damaged Max Verstappen's car in Bahrain. F1 has scheduled a meeting of the technical working group for next Friday, with the future of the T-wings and engine cover 'shark fins' on...

April 17, 2017

Pascal Wehrlein has revealed the extent of his back injury in a social media post thanking Sauber for the team's hard work in helping him return to fitness. Having missed the opening two rounds due to a lack of fitness after fracturing three vertebrae in his back in a crash at the Race of Champions in January, the German-Mauritian impressed as he finished 11th on his Formula One race debut for Sauber at the Bahrain Grand Prix. On Monday Wehrlein posted images on Twitter showing him in a neck brace during the early stages of his rehabilitation from the injury. The 22-year-old believes...

April 16, 2017

A 44-year-old Houston man was killed in a motorcycle accident Saturday at NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, officials said. Jesus Martinez was riding a motorcycle on a track at the park when he crashed with another rider and was ejected, Jefferson Parish Coroner Dr. Gerry Cvitanovich said Sunday. Martinez was taken to University Medical Center for treatment but was pronounced dead Saturday night. A statement from NOLA Motorsports Park CEO Frank Christian said medical and rescue personnel responded quickly when the two riders collided about 2:30 p.m. near the first turn of the track....

April 11, 2017

Autosport can reveal how the 'shield' cockpit protection concept, presented to Formula 1 drivers last week as an alternative to the halo or aeroscreen, could look. F1 is edging closer to a decision on what type of head protection system will be introduced for 2018, with the new canopy-style solution known as the shield revealed to drivers in last Friday's briefing at the Chinese Grand Prix. Autosport technical editor Giorgio Piola's artist's impression shows how the design displayed to drivers at Shanghai could look when fitted to a generic 2017 F1 car. Rather than the shield being an...

April 10, 2017

Drivers should be asked for input when considering whether track conditions are safe enough for racing, believes Shell V-Power Racing’s Scott McLaughlin. The 23-year-old has voiced his opinion following a weekend of wet and wild weather at the Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint. Saturday’s race began in wet but sunny conditions, with the resulting lack of visibility appearing to contribute to the 12-car pile-up seen on the second lap. “I think the stewards should consider speaking to the drivers a little bit more before we go out to play,” said McLaughlin when asked what he took out of the...

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