F1 » Webber: IndyCar situation 'not right'

Mark Webber says IndyCar can learn from F1 after the death of Dan Wheldon

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October 22, 2011 2:26 PM

The overwhelming opinion, that seems to be stated and restated here, is that there is a lack of concern for participant safety in the US. This could not be further from the truth. The SAFER barrier system is an American creation and works with amazing effectiveness, why is it not being used by the FIA? The HANS device is an American creation and is now widely used in every form of racing. The air cushion walls are widely used by AMA, why are they not mandated by the FIM? In Karting, every American sanctioning body requires neck protection, why doesn't the CIK or AKA? The fact is, the US is at the forefront on safety and rapidly mandates change when advancements are made. I am sorry that Weldon passed away, but if he were an American driver none of you, or the F1 world, would care or even have an opinion.

Dave C

October 22, 2011 7:48 PM

@ Turkey
I do get out when the orderlies let me. I know some aerospace engineers who build space craft for a living. It doesn't make me qualified to comment on the relative merits of space shuttle operation vs. Virgin Galactic's Space program. Webber's a good guy and his comments are, I'm sure, an emotional response to the loss of a friend in a tragic accident. It still doesn't mean he understands what happened or what the safety level of Indy car racing program is. Mansell and Blundell are qualified to comment but, this is about Webber's comments,now isn't it.

Don - Unregistered

October 23, 2011 4:30 AM

IndyCar's schedule is almost half ovals and have road/street courses. They've had many huge oval crashes over the years (Mike Conway's crash at Indy)but no deaths for several years. The safety of the cars have been quite remarkable considering the severity of some of the accidents. You take for granted that everyone's going to come out OK. Dan's tragic death is a reminder that motorsport is a dangerous business, especially when traveling at an AVERAGE speed of almost 225 mph on an oval. RIP Dan.

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