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PROPER PROTECTION: The IAF has announced that F1 cars will use a new side-impact protection system from 2014. Image: AFP


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LONDON, England - Formula 1 drivers are to get better protection from oblique side-impacts.

The International Automobile Federation said in its journal Auto that the new protection system was the result of a year-long collaboration between McLaren, Mercedes, Marussia, Red Bull and its own institute.


Research consultant Andy Mellor said it had "gone back to basics" in looking at side-impact structures using Robert Kubica's severe 2007 crash in Montreal as the reference point.

Current systems use crushable tube structures attached to the side of the chassis but these can break off during an oblique impact. The new version uses carbon-fibre tubes on both sides of the car which crush progressively and decelerate the car in a controlled manner.

The federation said the teams had agreed to introduce the system in 2014.

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