The FIA's F1 race director Charlie Whiting says motorsport's governing body will look into further ways to improve driver safety following Justin Wilson's death, with a particular focus to be made on closed-cockpit concepts.

Former F1 driver Wilson, 37, died less than 24 hours after he was struck on the helmet by a piece of debris from Sage Karam's crashed car during the penultimate round of the IndyCar season at the Pocono Raceway. He died of a severe brain trauma.

The tragic accident has brought motorsport safety into the spotlight once again, just over a month after Jules Bianchi became the first driver to die as a result of injuries sustained in an F1 race since Ayrton Senna in 1994.

In particular, Wilson's death once again raises the discussion of whether single-seater racing should consider adopting closed cockpits, with the FIA set to revisit the concept in the wake of the freak accident.

"We must make something," Whiting told the BBC. "Even if it's not 100 per cent in terms of protecting the driver under all circumstances improves the situation, it has to be good. There must be a way."

The FIA has previously looked into ways of protecting a driver's head in the wake of Felipe Massa's accident at the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix, when he was knocked unconscious by a piece of debris striking his helmet, while Bianchi's death as a result of a head trauma he sustained when he collided with a recovery vehicle during the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix prompted further dialogue.

Indeed, though reaction to closed-cockpits has been mixed in the past, the reaction to Wilson's death has prompted many come out in support of the concept, including Trevor Carlin, who says there is money and resource there to find a solution.

"We should use that spirit and the power, know-how and resources of this industry to work together and find solutions to the most obvious risks," he wrote in a blog posting.

"At such a tragic time it's easy to be seen to be jumping on a bandwagon with knee jerk reactions and no doubt my opinions will provoke criticism. But I wish I had written this piece earlier as the loss of our friend Henry Surtees stays with me every day and I dread the inevitable next tragedy. Justin's cruel loss has prompted me to finally comment.

"Money is not the issue here. We are in an industry / sport which has a combined annual spend of billions of pounds, surely between us all we can find a solution quickly; proportionally all the teams and manufacturers can contribute for the greater good.

"There is no reason why a system cannot be designed and produced that ultimately fits all modern single seaters, an F4 driver is at the same risk as an Indy Car driver.

"Engineers will always find excuses why it won't work, but if as much time was spent looking for solutions instead of problems we would reach the answer sooner and lives will be saved."



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