F1 » FIA to assist in Wheldon enquiry

Motorsport's governing body, the FIA, has confirmed that it is to play a part in determining the causes of Sunday's fatal crash in Las Vegas.

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Droog - Unregistered

October 19, 2011 5:48 PM

Too late.
Someone has already paid the ultimate price for the negligence of the Promoter/Organizer/Track.
It does not take a Rocket Scientist to know that these types of Tracks are unsuitable for Open Wheel Racing.
Maybe the US Motorsports community will finally adopt the FIA track rating system.
There are currently NO FIA Class 1 tracks in the US, and only about 5-6 Class 2 tracks. Something needs to change moving forward.

Calvin _

October 19, 2011 7:16 PM

The cause is easy. Too many cars, many driven by sub standard drivers, going too fast on a track with little or no run off areas.

Solution: Too expensive to contemplate, so nothing meaningful will be done. Besides, many in the crowd and watching on TV like to see accidents.

Alan Wolfe

October 19, 2011 8:36 PM

Indy car needs to do what F1 refuses to do. Get rid of the wings! The cars would be slower - braking would actually be required (Oh No) and car attitude would be less critical.

And drafting would actually work again.

Mark _

October 20, 2011 12:44 AM

The two biggest problems are the high banking and the catch fences. They need to stop going to ovals with high banking. I can understand the catch fencing in front of the stands but there were no stands where they hit. The safer barrier should have been ten feet tall there.

James Montgomery

October 20, 2011 1:17 AM
Last Edited 1576 days ago

at Mark I don't think it would have mattered what he hit, it was the way he hit it that killed him i.e. his head hitting the wall at 180mph... doesn't matter if the wall was as soft as sponge, if your head hits it at that speed.... then it's good night Seiena.

Many things contributed to this accident, too many cars on the circuit is too easy to moan at, racing on an oval with high bankings so you could easily hit 220mph is more of a concern, then giving drivers even more power with the "boost button" for passing.... for such a fast oval, the power should have been reduced like in NASCAR - even 30 mph reduction would have made a huge difference on a safety aspect.

The other major issue... the out-dated chassis design, it flips way too easily! Take Rob Conway's flip in Indy last year for example... had he of gone into that wall head first then the end result would have been the same as last week, Dan was just very unlucky that his head took the full brunt of the impact.

Rob01 - Unregistered

October 20, 2011 3:13 AM

Legendary TA... the five million was an insurance policy taken out by Indy Racing. Graham Rahal is having a fund raiser to auction off a bunch of donated sports items to benefit Dan's family. Graham has said that he is overwhelmed at the amount of people wanting to donate items. Including many outside of the united states. Dan was well loved over here and really had endeared himself to a larger audience by guest hosting in the booth during the races. He will for sure be sadly missed.

oldtimer - Unregistered

October 20, 2011 8:56 AM

This was an accident waiting to happen, 30 odd drivers on a tight oval going at up to 220MPH inches apart with some drivers with little or no experience, it would not happen in Grand Prix racing. There have been comments all season about the incompetence of some drivers, perhaps this will belatedly lead to a re-think and some sensible rule changes, it's so ironic that Dan had been testing a car with
modifications to prevent this sort of accident happening. It's too late now for Dan but not for everybody else.

Mark _

October 20, 2011 5:46 PM

James, you may be right but the catch fencing sheared the roll hoop off of the car. The fact is the other 14 drivers involved all walked away. Some of them had similar impacts.

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