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January 17, 2019

Stephane Peterhansel's co-driver David Castera has been cleared of fractures to his spine after the crash that ended the X-raid Mini pair's 2019 Dakar Rally on Wednesday. Peterhansel and Castera endured a heavy landing over a dune 16 miles onto the rally's penultimate stage, with a suspected back injury meaning Castera needed to be transported directly to hospital in Lima. It was the second bad landing on the event for the crew, Peterhansel having claimed they were left with whiplash due to a drop off a dune earlier in the week. Later on Wednesday night, X-raid announced...

December 6, 2018

The FIA's official investigation in to the first corner crash at this year's Belgian Grand Prix has concluded that the halo saved Charles Leclerc from being hit on his visor by the front wing endplate of Fernando Alonso's car, Motorsport.com can reveal. Following weeks of analysis of video footage and data from the cars involved, the final report in to the accident has concluded that the halo did play a crucial role in saving Leclerc from injury or worse. The report by the FIA Global Institute, the findings of which are revealed here for the first time, have given the clearest...

December 3, 2018

The Pioneering and Innovation Award sponsored by Mahindra Racing has been handed to the FIA at the 2018 Autosport Awards for implementing the halo cockpit protection safety system. FIA president Jean Todt, a keen advocate of the halo, was present to collect the award. The halo was introduced to Formula 1 and Formula 2 this year, after a period of development and research, and it has proven its worth in several incidents. The Richard Mille Rookie of the Year category winner Charles Leclerc was also on stage for the presentation and discussed the importance of the halo in his terrifying...

November 19, 2018

A Formula 3 driver suffered a spinal injury Sunday when she was involved in a scary crash at the Macau Grand Prix. Sophia Floersch, 17, is set to undergo surgery Monday for the injury she sustained in the crash. Her car went airborne during the road course event after she clipped Sho Tsuboi’s car on lap four. “Just wanted to let everybody know that I am fine but will be going into surgery tomorrow (Monday) morning ... Update soon,” the German racer tweeted. Floersch suffered a spinal fracture, according to a medical report released by her team Van Amersfoot Racing. “The whole world...

November 19, 2018

Sophia Floersch’s horrifying accident in the Macau Grand Prix left the motor racing world in shock. Although the young German racer suffered a spinal fracture, there was a huge sense of relief that the outcome was not worse for her or the others involved in the accident. Safety improvements never stop in motor racing though and Macau organizers are clear that they will work with the FIA to ensure that lessons from the crash are taken on board. Here we look at what happened to cause the accident, and the safety measures that proved key for her, the photographers and track workers. THE...

November 13, 2018

New rapid crash assessment technology from the FIA made its debut over the Brazilian Grand Prix weekend and is due to be rolled out beyond Formula 1. Full details of the new system will be presented at an FIA meeting next month but FIA Formula 1 medical delegates Ian Roberts and Alain Chantegret gave a brief outline to select media including Motorsport.com in Brazil last weekend. The basic premise is being able to send data to race control without using radio, and feedback video, which is in its early stages. It is a system that has been developed for more than a year and will not be...

November 1, 2018

Firm set out to improve communications to alert drivers to difficult situations and prevent collisions. RallySafe Managing Director, Stephen Sims, had the tragic experience of seeing two friends die in a motorsport accident in a rally race he was participating in - Targa Tasmania - and vowed to help make the industry safer through the use of technology. “I personally was involved in motorsport back in the 1980s and 1990s and tragically I lost two friends in an event that I was actually competing in. They were killed in an accident,” he told CIO Australia.  “I believed at that...

October 11, 2018

Max Verstappen says his Formula 1 employer Red Bull forbade him from trying out a MotoGP bike, on the grounds that it would be “too dangerous." The 21-year-old Dutchman, who has four grand prix wins to his name and is contracted with Red Bull through 2020, has previously expressed interest in trialing premier-class grand prix motorcycle racing machinery. Speaking to Motorsport.com's sister publication F1 Racing last year, Verstappen said: “I'd like to try MotoGP. When I was eight years old I used to race on two wheels as well as four. I really liked it. “It was a bit more dangerous, of...

October 11, 2018

Ex-Formula 1 driver Felipe Massa has defended his decision to speak out against IndyCar safety standards following Robert Wickens's serious crash at Pocono in August.  Wickens suffered severe injuries and is undergoing rehabilitation in Indianapolis after recently speaking publicly for the first time since the accident.  Massa took to social media to question IndyCar's safety track record, with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing's Graham Rahal leading a subsequent backlash against Massa's comments.  As part of the response, leading IndyCar figures also highlighted...

October 1, 2018

Pierre Gasly says a piece of debris got past the halo on his Formula 1 car and hit his visor on the opening lap of the Russian Grand Prix. The Toro Rosso driver said debris from Daniel Ricciardo's Red Bull was flicked up in front of him at the start, hitting his helmet and landing in the cockpit of his car. "I think Daniel lost a piece of carbon, which went straight into my visor, so this was really, really scary," Gasly told reporters after the race. "I thought it was going through and straight into my eye, and finally it touched the visor and then came into the cockpit. "In Turn 4 I had...

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