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September 5, 2018

Nico Hulkenberg is saying hello to the halo. Hulkenberg has often dismissed the protective device on F1 cars, which was introduced this season, with the Renault driver saying last year that it looked stupid and wasn't necessary. However, the halo's benefit appeared plain to see at the Belgian Grand Prix when Fernando Alonso's McLaren spiraled into the air and bounced on top of Charles Leclerc's Sauber during a dramatic first-lap crash. "I think whilst I am still not a big fan of the halo as a device, I have to face facts - it does bring something to Formula One, especially the safety...

August 28, 2018

Ex-Formula 1 driver Felipe Massa has hit out at IndyCar's safety following recent major incidents in both single-seater series. Massa was one of several drivers to speak positively on social media about F1's introduction of the halo following its role in protecting Charles Leclerc after his car was hit by Fernando Alonso's McLaren at the start of the Belgian Grand Prix. But Massa was also critical of IndyCar on his Twitter account, making reference to Robert Wickens' recent accident that left the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver requiring surgery after breaking both his legs, his right...

August 24, 2018

IndyCar president of competition and operations Jay Frye has answered questions from select media members on Robert Wickens’ huge crash at Pocono Raceway, analysis of car damage and catchfence damage, and windscreens. Everybody has been complimentary about the tub [and how it withstood the impact]. Can you give us your perspective? We were very encouraged by how the car held up, certainly not satisfied though, because the driver was injured. We’ll never be satisfied until that doesn’t happen. But it’s going to be weeks for us to go through this with a fine-tooth comb. The initial review of...

August 21, 2018

Canadian Paul Tracy is calling for change in the auto racing industry. The outspoken former IndyCar star made the comment on Instagram on Monday, the day after fellow Canadian Robert Wickens was involved in a horrific crash at Pocono Raceway. Wickens, from Guelph, Ont., sustained a pulmonary contusion and injuries to his lower extremities, right arm and spine after trying to pass Ryan Hunter-Reay during the ABC Supply 500 in Long Pond, PA. The two cars slightly touched, resulting in Wickens’ vehicle soaring over Hunter-Reay’s. Wickens hit the catchfence and the tub of his IndyCar spun...

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...

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