The FIA has announced that it has asked its Safety Commission to carry out a report into the recent accidents involving Henry Surtees and Felipe Massa.
Surtees, the teenage son of former F1 champion John, died following an accident during the second Formula Two race at Brands Hatch, when he was struck on the head by a wheel that had broken loose from the car of rival Jack Clarke after he went off into the barriers at the Kent circuit.
Less than a week later, Ferrari driver Massa was left with a fractured skull when he was struck on the head by a spring from the Brawn GP car of Rubens Barrichello during qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Although the Brazilian is stable after undergoing emergency surgery, doctors have expressed concern that an eye injury could bring an early end to his F1 career.
Following on from the two incidents, motorsports governing body has now announced that it will ask the Safety Commission to put together a report on how safety can be improved to avoid similar accidents occurring again in future, while the FIA also admitted that preliminary investigations had shown that Massa's helmet had played a 'significant role' in ensuring he wasn't more seriously injured.
“FIA President Max Mosley has asked the FIA Safety Commission to prepare a report on the recent debris-related accidents in the FIA Formula One World Championship and FIA Formula Two Championship,” the missive from the FIA read.
“The FIA Safety Commission, which is made up of medical and technical representatives from all areas of motor sport, will submit its report and recommendations to the World Motor Sport Council.
“Preliminary findings suggest the helmet being used by Felipe Massa may have played a significant role in limiting the injuries sustained. The FIA 8860 helmet, which took eight years to develop by the FIA and FIA Institute, provides increased protection in all key impact areas.”