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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 motosport 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 time...

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...

September 24, 2018

Sources that saw the 2,000-horsepower Nissan GT-R roll multiple times have blamed poor track conditions. The driver of a Nissan GT-R lost his life Saturday morning in a racing accident at NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, Louisiana. According to The New Orleans Advocate, 52-year-old Jeff Hagaman of North Carolina was driving a Nissan GT-R at speeds above 200 miles per hour as part of a single-vehicle run on NOLA's 5,300-foot drag strip at 9:21 am, believed to be part of an event at the track called the WannaGoFast New Orleans Half-Mile Shootout. During his run, he...

September 21, 2018

Sprint car driver Greg Hodnett died Thursday night in a crash at the BAPS Motor Speedway, the former Susquehanna Speedway, in Newberry Township, according to the York County Coroner's Office. Hodnett, 49, of Jackson Township, reportedly lost control of his car in Turn One during the race and hit a wall at a high speed. He died on impact, the coroner said. The cause of the crash, which happened just before 9 p.m., is still being investigated. He was wearing a seat belt and helmet at the time of the crash, the report states.  An autopsy is planned for 8 a.m. Saturday at...

September 20, 2018

The Stadium Super Trucks series has been dropped from the Vodafone Gold Coast 600 support bill after CAMS suspended the category from racing on safety grounds. Next month’s Gold Coast 600 was set to host the penultimate round of the series as a support class to Supercars, featuring on the bill alongside Porsche Carrera Cup Australia, SuperUtes and Aussie Racing Cars. However, a CAMS spokesperson has confirmed to Speedcafe.com that the category has been suspended based on safety grounds and that discussions are ongoing with the category manager regarding its future in Australia. Stadium...

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