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June 25, 2018

Formula 1 drivers and team insiders have expressed doubts about both the pit entry and exit at Paul Ricard – with the rain predicted for the French Grand Prix potentially adding to their concerns. Both layouts were discussed at length in Friday evening's drivers briefing, although there was no scope to make any changes within this weekend. The entry has aroused concerns because drivers have to make a tight left turn right in front of the Mercedes pit, potentially putting the Brackley team's crew members at risk. That led to race director Charlie Whiting cutting the speed limit from 80km/h...

June 21, 2018

The Confederation of Australian Motorsport (CAMS) has announced that frontal head restraints (FHR) will become compulsory for competitors in multi-club level and club level rally events from 2019 and 2020 respectively. Falling in line with national and state level competitors, the changes follow the findings of the recent review into safety in rallying undertaken by the Australian Institute of Motor Sport Safety (AIMSS). Frontal head restraints are designed to reduce injury by limiting forward head movement during periods of rapid deceleration. Common examples of these restraints include...

June 21, 2018

A father who pulled his son out of a burning race car faces some minimal discipline for going on to a racetrack during an event. South Boston (Va.) Speedway put Dean Jones on probation for the rest of the year for violating track policy. Jones, who serves as crew chief for his son Mike, ran to Mike's aid Saturday after a crash in a NASCAR-sanctioned late-model race where the front of the car caught fire and came to rest near the inside wall in Turn 1. Dean Jones, wearing a T-shirt and shorts, helped his son get out of the car safely. He then reached into the car to pull the trigger to...

June 19, 2018

NASCAR has adapted the use of a new neurocognitive baseline test to help in identifying whether drivers have experience a concussion. In a bulletin issued to teams earlier this month, NASCAR mandated the completion of a baseline King-Devick Test by each participant by July 8. After the baseline tests are completed the King-Devick Test will become a tool of neurological exams done at tracks’ infield care centers. The King-Devick (K-D) test is based on measurement of the speed of rapid number naming (reading aloud single-digit numbers from 3 test cards), and captures impairment of eye...

June 11, 2018

Spanish Moto3 rider Andreas Perez has passed away after an accident in the second race of the championship's Barcelona round. The 14-year-old youngster was part of a crash involving multiple riders at Turn 5, and received medical attention on scene. He was subsequently airlifted to a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. "Andreas Perez was admitted to hospital with very serious brain damage and soon afterwards he was diagnosed with brain death," said his Avintia Academy team in a statement. "Even though his heart continued to beat and despite many efforts, the doctors could do...

June 8, 2018

Renault has revealed a new version of its Formula 1 halo mirrors ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix, after it was forced to change its original concept. The manufacturer has been evaluating a change of mirror design since the FIA announced several weeks ago that teams could mount them to the halo. It fitted a 3D-printed version of its idea at the post-Spanish Grand Prix test to check on driver visibility, but its plans to further develop the design were scuppered when the FIA clamped down on aerodynamic supports by issuing a technical directive in response to Ferrari's design. This meant the...

June 7, 2018

NASCAR Xfinity series driver Michael Annett and Camping World Truck Series driver Dalton Sargeant visited the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility (MwRSF) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on Tuesday to see a crash test of a thrie-beam bull-nose guardrail developed at UNL. The drivers also stopped by to oversee the development of the Steel and Foam Energy Reduction, or SAFER barrier used on retaining walls at racetracks to prevent serious injury during accidents. “We really just saw where the SAFER barrier started,” Annett said, “and why they put all the research into the testing we’ve...

June 6, 2018

The FIA has released a new top-end helmet standard that will bring about increased protection for racing drivers in all major championships. New helmets will be mandatory for F1 from 2019, with other championships to follow. This follows over a decade of research to create the ultimate standard for helmet manufacturers to meet to further increase safety. The latest standard, called FIA 8860-2018, outlines the design and performance requirements that the helmet manufacturers must achieve to provide equipment for the FIA’s top series. It will be mandatory for Formula One from 2019 and in...

June 5, 2018

DTM drivers have called for the Hungaroring pitlane to be resurfaced following a chaotic race on Sunday, which featured three separate pitlane incidents. Drivers had to pit on slick tyres in wet conditions as heavy rain started to fall during the race. Mercedes driver Lucas Auer was unable to stop at his position and slid into the pit building, before Edoardo Mortara and Bruno Spengler were caught up in similar incidents and the race was subsequently red-flagged. Seven people, including BMW and Mercedes mechanics, marshals and firemen, were left injured. Gary Paffett, who...

June 4, 2018

Jenson Button isn't troubled by safety concerns linked to SMP Racing's LMP1 car after receiving assurances from the Russian squad and following changes made to the BR1's aerodynamics. The LMP1 charger suffered a spectacular crash at Spa two weeks ago when driver Matevos Isaakyan's suddenly went airborne at the top of Raidillon, the car flipping several times before hitting the barriers. Button made his Le Mans debut on Sunday during the upcoming event's mandatory test day at the Circuit de la Sarthe, testing the revised SMP BR1 that he will drive alongside Mikhail Aleshin and Vitaly Petrov...

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