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February 5, 2019

Former Ferrari Formula 1 test driver Luciano Burti says he only survived his 111G accident in the 2001 Belgian Grand Prix thanks to safety improvements triggered by the death of Ayrton Senna. Burti crashed his Prost head on into the Blanchimont tyre barriers after a failed attempt to pass former Jaguar teammate Eddie Irvine, with his car coming to rest under the tyre barriers. In an interview in the latest edition of The Autosport Podcast - available for free via all good podcast suppliers including iTunes and Spotify - Burti recalls the accident and the changes that followed to...

January 28, 2019

Monte Carlo Rally runner-up Thierry Neuville says he is worried about the "dangerous" pace Toyota showed on last weekend's World Rally Championship season opener. Hyundai driver Neuville finished runner-up to the Citroen C3 of Sebastien Ogier, but Ott Tanak had led the rally on Thursday evening and was third on Friday until he had to change a tyre on a stage. That dropped Tanak to seventh, more than two and a half minutes off the lead, but the Toyota driver reeled off six-straight stage wins on Saturday and Sunday morning and recovered to finish third. Tanak's teammates Jari-Matti Latvala...

January 23, 2019

An in-car warning system will be fitted to every car racing at the 2019 Bathurst 12 Hour, in a bid to ease safety concerns across the top of the Mount Panorama circuit. In a first for a Bathurst race, it will be mandatory for every car in the field to be fitted with an in-car warning system for the round-the-clock enduro. The system will work through the Motec Balance of Performance set-up, with race control able to activate lights indicating yellow for a Safety Car and red for a race stoppage. The introduction of additional safety measures comes after a full investigation by the...

January 22, 2019

Toyota Racing New Zealand has announced it is canceling the remaining qualifying sessions and races for its Toyota Racing Series round at Teretonga Park on safety grounds due to gale-force winds. TRNZ said it consulted with team owners and drivers before making the decision, which follows the opening round that was won by Marcus Armstrong in wet conditions. Average winds of 65 km/h on Saturday and gusts of 100 km/h-plus caused significant damage at the track on late Saturday afternoon and evening with the weather forecast for Sunday indicating increases in average winds and of peak gust...

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...

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