F1 » Mansell praises F1 safety; JYS claims lessons still to learn


Dan Wheldon's fatal accident has awakened opinions on safety in all forms of motorsport.

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Ben M - Unregistered

October 18, 2011 12:15 PM

The only way to stop this happening is to introduce covered wheels. The worst accidents in recent Indycar history have been where the car has gone airborne, because the SAFER barrier technology doesn't help if a car flies over it and into the catch fencing. There's been lots of nasty looking accidents where the cars have stayed on the ground and the drivers have walked away.

Langerzalonso - Unregistered

October 18, 2011 12:42 PM

What happend in Vegas will not happen in f1 there is far too much field spread in f1 compared with the irl. Yes the sports need to be as safe as possible but the drivers need to know if it goes wrong its going to hurt. If it's too safe they wont care and push past the limits more often.

Stuart - Unregistered

October 18, 2011 1:22 PM

Ah, 'death in motorsport' - Jackie Stewart's most favourite subject.
I just KNEW that he'd have plenty to say. I'm just amazed he didnt bang on about how many of his mates he's seen die again.
To never hear another word from that tartan wearing clown would be a blessing.

Yes motorsport is very dangerous. But F1 leads the way in safety and should be followed as any loss of life (on and off the track) is tragic.

slightlysideways

October 18, 2011 1:52 PM

@stuart
Would it not bother you if you seen a friend of yours burning at the side of the road and could smell the burning flesh as you passed several times by him? That did actually happen. Jackie isn't the worst of them in fairness.

elijah

October 18, 2011 2:06 PM

"The organisers of Las Vegas Indy 300together with sponsors had offered the $5m challenge to several drivers from another racing series to add drama to the end of season race.
However, they later changed the format to accommodate Wheldon .Forced to start from the back of the 34strong grid, Wheldon would have 200 laps to get to the front. If he'd won, he would have split the $5m prize with a competition winner, who'd been flown out to Las Vegas specifically for the race."

F1 will never host such a barmy prize race as this .

arcuid

October 18, 2011 2:23 PM

Several drivers including Dario Franchitti expressed their concern about this track at a World Sport interview. From what I can understand the track was better suited for Nascar hence a higher angled bank. Also it was pointed out the track hasn't hosted an Indy event in 11 years.

Droog - Unregistered

October 18, 2011 2:24 PM

I guess it all depends on if you are watching the sport for the accidents, like NASCAR fans usually do, or if you are watching to see the skill of the competitors.
I have no problem with safety in F1 right now, but there is a valid point in Jackie's rant. Complacency can get people killed.
That's a bit of truth that's hard to dismiss. At the very least, this incident will make people responsible take another look at the measures currently in place and look for holes.
The addition of the armour on the F1 driver's visors is a good case in point as to how F1 is aware of risk and reacts to danger. Another program has been the investigation of cockpit covers, recent video of crash tests with F15 style visors show that F1 is not sitting on it's hands when it comes to safety.
If only the US promoters could get that philosophy through their wallets.

Pipboy

October 18, 2011 2:37 PM

The 2012 spec Indycar is actually a large step up in safety. For one the aero styling on them prtects the wheels a bit more and the cockpit area has been improved for safety. The current spec chassis has been used since 2003. Ironically Dan was the test driver developing next years car. I don't know if it would have made a difference in this case, as it was a really horrible accident but it makes it even more upsetting knowing that this race was the last times these cars would be used

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