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FIA: Closed cockpits unlikely for F1

2015-08-28 10:20

SAFE DESIGN:Brazilian racing driver Lucas Di Grassi tweeted a picture of a closed cockpit design he thinks will make F1 safer.Image:Twitter/Lucas di Grassi

London, England - FIA race director Charlie Whiting has admitted Formula 1 could be some way from introducing closed cockpits.

Following the death of former F1 driver Justin Wilson earlier August, Whiting admitted F1 must also continue to work on better protecting the drivers' heads.

In the case of Wilson's death, he was hit by the nose-cone structure of a crashed rival's car, raising questions about whether the same could happen in F1.

LEARN FORM WILSON'S DEATH

Whiting told Germany's Auto Motor und Sport: "We don't know whether our noses are secured better or worse than in IndyCar but I can say that our testing is very strict.

"In any case, we will speak with our counterparts from the Indycar series to see if we can learn something from this horrible accident."

In the wake of the Wilson tragedy, the FIA has already committed to re-commencing tests on a couple of cockpit protection concepts, including a sort of 'halo' structure that was devised by Mercedes.

As for an entirely closed cockpit, Whiting said: "I don't think this (Wilson) accident will change our minds in terms of closed cockpits.

"We believe that the disadvantages outweigh the benefits."

"Nevertheless, we will continue our efforts to find a way to deflect flying debris away from the cockpit, but this is anything but an easy task."

Whiting said the results of next month's testing will be presented in early October 2015.


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