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Elite team to probe Bianchi crash

2014-10-21 07:33

WHAT WENT WRONG? A screengrab taken from a video, filmed by a spectator and published on YouTube, shows Bianchi going under the crane. Image: YouTube

PARIS, France - A 10-member panel that includes Formula 1 veteran Emerson Fittipaldi will investigate Jules Bianchi’s 2014 Japanese F1 GP crash as well as new safety measures.

The group, which will also include former F1 team chief Ross Brawn, "will carry out a full review of the crash to gain a better understanding of what happened and will propose new measures to reinforce safety at circuits," the International Automobile Federation said.


The group will start work immediately and is required to present its findings at the next meeting of the World Motor Sport Council on December 3 2014 in Doha, Qatar.

Bianchi's Marussia race car smashed into a recovery vehicle working near the tyre barrier some distance from the actual track at Suzuka on October 5. The 25-year-old suffered life-threatening brain injuries. A communique released by his team and family a week ago said he was in "a critical but stable" condition.

Federation president Jean Todt announced five days after the crash that a panel would investigate the crash.

The inquiry is to be chaired by Peter Wright, president of the federation’s safety commission.

The team will also comprise of the following members:
Former Ferrari team leader Stefano Domenicali
Former driver Alex Wurz
Chief racing steward Gerd Ennser,
Race director Eduardo de Freitas,
Racing circuits commission chief Roger Peart,
Federation court of appeal judge Antonio Rigozzi
President of the federation’s medical commission Gerard Saillant,

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