F1 »

Sauber wants safety review after Perez DNF

Sauber has called for a review of cockpit protection measures following the incident which sidelined Sergio Perez in Malaysia.
Sergio Perez's unusual means of retirement from the Malaysian Grand Prix has caused sufficient concern among members of the Sauber team to warrant them to call for the governing body to check on F1 safety measures.

The Mexican was enjoying another strong race, following on from his run into the top ten in Australia, when his C30 was hit by a piece of debris thrown up by the Toro Rosso he was chasing. In a stark reminder of Felipe Massa's near-fatal accident in qualifying for the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix, the errant part smashed into the side of Perez's cockpit, slicing through the protective carbon-fibre plate designed to limit intrusion in side impact accidents and, coming perilously close to injuring the driver, damaged the ECU beyond use.

While Perez told reporters that contact with his helmet could have had dire consequences, his team, having stripped the car down to inspect the extent of the damage, have now called on the FIA to review cockpit safety measures.

"We advised the FIA of what we found after the race, and I've since sent them a couple of images of the chassis now that all the bodywork has been removed," technical director James Key revealed to Reuters, "I've suggested that we perhaps discuss it further. It's a bit of a one-off, but it shows that things can happen that perhaps we didn't expect."

Key admitted that Perez was fortunate that both the side intrusion panel and, more fortuitously, the ECU had limited the threat to his safety, even though the ease with which the debris had carved through the former was worrying.

"It could have been serious if it had hit the driver, for sure," he confirmed, "We have got panels on the car this year which are designed to protect the driver [and the debris] went through that panel. Obviously, it slowed the thing down, so it worked, [and] we have to be a bit careful that we can't knee-jerk to everything that happens, but we have to take things like this seriously and look at how you protect a driver in the future. This isn't something we had seen before and it needs to be looked at."



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
08.04.2011- Friday Practice 2, Sergio Perez (MEX), Sauber F1 Team C30
08.04.2011- Friday Practice 1, Sergio Perez (MEX), Sauber F1 Team C30
26.03.2011- Qualifying, Sergio PŽrez (MEX), Sauber F1 Team C30
26.03.2011- Saturday Practice, Sergio Perez (MEX), Sauber F1 Team C30
08.04.2011- Friday Practice 1, Sergio Perez (MEX), Sauber F1 Team C30
23.08.2015 - Race, Felipe Massa (BRA) Williams F1 Team FW37 leads Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34
23.08.2015 - Race, Max Verstappen (NED) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR10 and Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Sauber C34
23.08.2015 - Race, Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34 and Jenson Button (GBR)  McLaren Honda MP4-30.
23.08.2015 - Race, Valtteri Bottas (FIN) Williams F1 Team FW37 and Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Sauber C34
23.08.2015 - Race, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM08 and Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus F1 Team E23
23.08.2015 - Race, Max Verstappen (NED) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR10 and Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34
23.08.2015 - Race, Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Sauber C34 and Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T
23.08.2015 - Race, Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM08
23.08.2015 - Race, Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Sauber C34 and Max Verstappen (NED) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR10
23.08.2015 - Race, Jenson Button (GBR)  McLaren Honda MP4-30. and Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34
23.08.2015 - Sergio Perez (MEX) Sahara Force India F1 VJM08
23.08.2015 - Marcus Ericsson (SUE) Sauber C34 at drivers parade
23.08.2015 - Monisha Kaltenborn (AUT), CEO and Team Principal, Sauber F1 Team

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2015 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.