F1 » More driver head protection 'inevitable'

The horrifying in-car footage from Spa of F1 cars flying just inches away from the drivers' exposed helmets has meant a renewed focus on head protection - and even closed cockpits.

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pcxmac - Unregistered

September 03, 2012 8:25 PM

a bigger reason is because F1 is supposed to be the 'pinnacle' of racing on four wheels.

if I had the choice of watching an X1-2010 (RB) vs today's evolution F1 car I would choose the X1, every day, any time. Rules inhibiting performance are ruining F1, not the rules related to clear safety issues.

Kevin - Unregistered

September 03, 2012 9:44 PM

I completely agree about the X1 concept. Why has F1 stopped progressing toward leading edge technologies. Of late its made more progress reversing progress than it has moving forward. The RB X1 concept car is what one would expect of the 21st century.

John Braund - Unregistered

September 03, 2012 10:00 PM

The FIA Institute should study what the UIM F1 Powerboats have done with regard to enclosed cockpits. A Similar design would be suitable for an F1 Car.

In an F1 car you could have a carbon fibre extension originating just below the airbox over the drivers head that would extend to just in front of his head and be the same width as the lateral side protection . A polycarbonate wind shield similar to the material used in an F-16 Fighter Jet around this structure would give the driver the same visibility that he currently has. This is the design in an UIM F1 Powerboat.

This would prevent a Fatal blow to a drivers head caused by a race tyre or catch fencing, from a blow in the frontal, lateral and superior directions

Needs to be Done - Unregistered

September 03, 2012 10:13 PM

GT and LMP1 are not that similar to F1. F1 cars would still have open wheels...unlike those two classes. F1 cars are ten seconds a lap faster due to the downforce levels. I am up for closed cockpit F1 cars, you guys should be two unless you want another Ayrton Senna type accident

MadMatandMe - Unregistered

September 04, 2012 2:23 AM

I have a better idea. Let's sit all of the drivers in their team's HQ, strap them into their simulators (with helmets of course and all fireproof clothing in case of lightening or electrical fire in the simulator) and then we can all go 'racing' and be happy little bunnies...
Give me strength. 90% of the accidents these days are because drivers know the chances of personal injury in an shunt is about a million to one.
NO, we don't want to see fatalities but racing NEEDS the element of personal fear to be a MAJOR part of the sport.
If you are going into a corner side-by-side at 150mph knowing that the worse case scenario is that you are going to cost your employer a few hundred thousand to fix his car you might just as well be behind the wheel on a bloody Playstation.
These guys get paid ridiculous sums of money for as good as no risk to themselves - it's more dangerous playing badminton.
Keep some danger - pity we didn't have greater danger as it would stop the vast majority of ridic


September 04, 2012 3:41 AM

i have no problem with a ballistic canopy. if it's good enough for F16 pilots, it's good enough for F1. then the cockpits can be redesigned and the drivers can have both safety AND their view restored. plus it all be a bit more aerodynamic to boot. the boffins'll love that. i'm thinking that's a win, win, win...? not to say it'll be adopted, but it's at least worthy of exploring. during the off season, the teams can each do an RFP mock-up to maybe come up with a standard of implementation (funded by bernie of course). the technology's already been proofed out so no pressure, just a design competition purely for kicks and giggles. at a distance, i doubt the cars will look much different to the untrained eye than what they do now... 'cept they'll be safer.

formuladumb - Unregistered

September 04, 2012 5:25 AM

I rightfully propose drivers stay at home and drive the car through a videogame, as US soldiers do when bombing ad killing afghanistans with drones from their headquarters, their wifes waiting for them at lunch... This will be an improvement, and obviously neverending torture to Grosjean and his family... We want the Formula 1 of the future, politically correct no matter what!

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