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August 20, 2018

Canadian IndyCar driver Robert Wickens was admitted to hospital with injuries to his lower extremities, right arm and spine, as well as bruised lungs, sustained in a violent wreck eight laps into Sunday’s race. An IndyCar spokesperson said Wickens was awake and alert as he was airlifted from the track to the hospital by helicopter and was scheduled for an MRI and likely surgery. The 29-year-old from Guelph was attempting to pass Ryan Hunter-Reay when their cars touched slightly. That caused Hunter-Reay’s car to careen into the wall, and Wickens’ car was pulled along for the ride....

August 15, 2018

The FIA will meet with World Rally Championship event organizers in Germany this weekend to discuss better methods of measuring stage safety following criticism of the use of average speeds. The route for last month's Rally Finland was altered significantly to feature twistier, narrower roads that lowered the average speed. Many drivers questioned whether this was genuinely safer. The road changes superseded the chicanes inserted to cut speeds in Finland in 2017 following Kris Meeke's record-breaking 2016 winning run at an average of 78.68mph. This year's average speed was 2.52mph...

August 14, 2018

M-Sport Ford World Rally Championship support category pairing Gus Greensmith and co-driver Craig Parry were hospitalized last week after a Rally Germany test crash, but Greensmith will make the event. The British pair crashed into an infamous Rally Germany hinkelstein – designed to stop tanks – on the Baumholder military roads used on the event, coming to an almost instant stop from 120km/h. Petter Solberg suffered one of the most dramatic rally crashes in WRC history on the event in his Subaru Impreza in 2004, similarly hitting a hinkelstein. He and Phil Mills escaped unscathed....

August 9, 2018

Former BT Sport MotoGP commentator Julian Ryder has slammed the proposal of the Mexican Motorcycle Grand Prix in 2019, citing that the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez Circuit is not safe enough in the form that it is currently in. The circuit underwent a huge upgrade to host the F1 championship but safety needs for MotoGP are somewhat different to the F1 cars. However, Ryder was positive about the fact there could be a Mexican Grand Prix, making perfect logistical sense at the start of the year. “There is no way that the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez Circuit is safe enough in any way, shape or...

August 7, 2018

MotorSport Vision is investigating an incident in last weekend's British GT race at Brands Hatch in which a piece of concrete penetrated Aston Martin factory driver Maxime Martin's windscreen. Martin was running eighth when the Vantage he shares with Graham Davidson was hit by the "foreign object" at the back end of the circuit in the second half of Sunday's race. He had to be assessed at the track's medical center before being taken to Kings College Hospital in London for further precautionary checks with an eye specialist. Martin was later discharged on Sunday evening. In a...

August 6, 2018

Billy Monger lost both of his lower legs in a serious crash last year. It hasn't prevented him from continuing his fight to get into professional racing. You'd think he'd have been knocked back by the dangerous of motorsport, but he says it is much safer now than it ever has been. The 19-year-old Brit has been racing cars which are specially adapted to fit his needs. He even got a drive up the hill at Goodwood! In an interview with France racing, he talks about how safety has improved over the last 30 years. "We have better security measures than in the eighties or nineties. Then...

August 2, 2018

Haas team boss Guenther Steiner believes Formula 1's stewards are influenced by the prior reputations and standing of the drivers and teams they deal with, despite efforts to remain impartial. Romain Grosjean was impeded by Max Verstappen during qualifying for the recent Hungarian Grand Prix, but Verstappen escaped censure when the stewards decided the wet conditions combined with another car slowing down in front of him meant he hadn't impeded the Haas unnecessarily, as defined in the rules. In qualifying for the 2017 British GP, Lewis Hamilton also avoided a penalty ...

August 1, 2018

SRO Motorsports Group has confirmed that all drivers involved in three serious accidents during the Total 24 Hours of Spa weekend have made positive progress. In a statement, the event organizer confirmed that two of the four injured drivers and a marshal have returned home from the hospital. Drivers Andy Meyrick and Juergen Krebs remain in the hospital following their collision during the main race on Saturday night, but are reportedly making “good progress” and are expected to be discharged later this week. Krebs, who was driving the No. 666 Attempto Racing Lamborghini Huracan...

July 30, 2018

Richard Petty Motorsports driver Darrell 'Bubba' Wallace Jr admitted he was "scared" during the 'hardest crash of his career' in the NASCAR Cup series race at Pocono on Sunday. Wallace was unhurt in the crash, which was caused by a brake failure as he entered Turn 1 while trying to hold off Stewart-Haas Racing's Aric Almirola with five laps to go. He opted to run down the banking to the grass infield in an attempt to slow the car before the #43 Chevrolet collided sideways with the outside wall at Turn 2. Wallace climbed out of the car unaided before being checked in the infield care...

July 27, 2018

Sauber has been fined €5,000 for releasing Marcus Ericsson’s car in an unsafe condition during second practice. The stewards ruled Sauber had failed to ensure all four wheels on Ericsson’s car were attached before sending him out of the pit box. STEWARDS' DECISION The stewards reviewed the video of the pit stop of Car 9 at 16:07 and heard from the team representative. The stewards determined that the car was released in an unsafe condition in breach of Art. 28.13(b) as the wheel was not properly attached to the car when released. The team reacted instantly, instructing the...

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