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2015-03-03 10:08

CAMERAS DURING TESTING: If Fernando Alonso's car was equipped with cameras during testing we may have had a better indication of what went wrong during his crash. Image: AFP

LONDON, England- Formula 1's rulers seem determined to fix what one publication insists "is an obvious flaw" in  current track regulations.

Article 27.2 of the F1 rules dictates that cars must always carry 'black box' to collect data "relevant to an accident or incident".

The regulation states: "At any time after an accident or incident competitors must make the data recorder available and accessible to the International Automobile Federation."


In the case of Fernando Alonso's still-mysterious crash on the Catalunya track in February 2015 that data alone may be insufficient.

McLaren argues that a strong gust of wind blew the driver off-track but rumours continue to suggest that Alonso was unconscious before his car hit the track wall.

Certainly the impact data suggests Alonso - whose helmet was reportedly undamaged - did not hit the wall hard. The car recorded a significant 30G impact but the accelerometer in the driver's ear showed a value about half of that.

Indeed, fellow F1 driver Sergio Perez says Alonso's crash was "not comparable" to his similarly lateral hit in Monaco in 2011. "Mine had an impact of approximately 60G. I wish him the best and hope he will be back soon."


The lack of a widely accepted version of Alonso's crash means speculation continues to prosper. Ralf Bach, an F1 correspondent with his own blog f1-insider.com, claims rumours of Alonso being electrically shocked survive despite McLaren denials.

He said victims of an electric shock were often confused and suffered memory loss. Alonso, after the crash, thought he was still a Ferrari driver. Bach added that Mercedes and Renault cars had five shock fail-safes for the driver but Honda's new 'power unit' had three.

An electric shock, he added, might not be detected by telemetry.

Autosprint reports that the federation wants on-board cameras not only at F1 races but also during testing.

The 2016 amendment would need to be ratified by the World Motor Sport Council.

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