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2015-05-29 10:52

SAFETY FIRST: The FIA wants to mandate the collection of human telemetry to improve safety following Jules Bianchi's 2014 crash and Fernando Alonso's (above) freak crash earlier in 2015.Image: AP / Vincent Thian

LONDON, England - Formula 1's governing body wants to plug the drivers into the telemetry.

Omnicorse, a specialist Italian publication, claims the FIA will test the real-time collection of heart, respiratory and temperature information from F1 stars as they drive on track later in 2015.

The ambition is to eventually mandate the collection of 'human telemetry', in the name of safety.

IMPROVED DRIVER SAFETY

The report said the move would arm medical staff with crucial information in the event of crashes, such as those suffered by Jules Bianchi in Japan in 2014, or the mysterious winter testing incident that hospitalised Fernando Alonso.

McLaren admitted that the cause of Alonso's Barcelona crash might remain a mystery forever.

McLaren managing director, Jonathan Neale, is quoted by Express newspaper: "We could see everything through the telemetry and he was fine and the way he describes the locking sensation and the moment he crashed the car, we can see it."

"In the three weeks that followed, we went through a meticulous process with the FIA. We took that car apart, ran bench tests, combed through the data, opened it all up.

"The FIA were brilliant and gave us the data they had and we shared everything with them, we could not find anything. Poor Fernando too, he was like a pin cushion when they finished with him.  He had been through so many different tests.

Neale added: "I have got nothing more to be able to sift through. He (Alonso) was thoroughly put through his paces.  The reality is none of us really knows (what happened)."

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