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Formula Safety in the new world
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This week we got a look at what the pit-lane will look like and what measures teams will be taking to ensure the safety of all involved.  Formula 1 and its support formulas in general have a leading focus on safety on the track and off it.

It was just less than a year ago when we saw a dark day in sport as we witnessed the tragic death of Anthoine Hubert, motorsport safety was again the topic to address given that the sport had not seen a death at the Formula 1 weekend since that of Jules Bianchi in 2015 following an accident in 2014.

Formula 1 in many ways is built on its speed and danger. The pinnacle of motorsport has seen 43 deaths during either racing of testing. This is a grim figure when you think that this is a spectator sport and it is why drivers are revered and named sporting gladiators.

This sad reading, however, is backed with safety that has saved surely millions of lives. Every tragedy in Formula 1 results in a period of reflection and action. Such changes and innovations on the track have led to changes that feed down into other motorsport championships and then onto our road cars .

Such innovations include the your rear view mirrors, ABS brakes, fireproof clothing, the six point safety belt, crash testing, roll bars and monocoque safety, side impact testing, traction control, tyre development and even sensors used in hospitals.

The sport has always been at the forefront of safety given its competitive nature and financial power to independently develop solutions to give teams the edge not only year on year but race by race.
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We have seen only recently the power of the sport on our world with the “Project Pit-lane” initiative when leading teams from Formula 1 helped to develop and manufacture ventilators amidst the possible shortages we faced during this global pandemic.

So given that the sport an its support races in Formula 2 and Formula 3 are set to return in July at Austria’s Spielberg circuit it is likely we will be watching not only the implementation of basic safety instructions from global government advice but we would be foolish not to expect some creative thinking from some of the worlds sharpest minds on solutions to overcome issues and problems that may result in these new changes.

Teams have begun to blow off the cob-webs and begin testing operations once more ahead of the season opener. We have not seen anything so far from the junior formula’s but Formula 1 World Champions Mercedes AMG have been out this week.

This gave us a glimpse of what basic actions and procedures will be in place on a race weekend from the teams as they work together in small non-socially distanced environments.

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Formula 1 issued out its “5-Step Plan” towards new safety measures for the return of racing last week. It was great to see the team back on track and testing out their operations, the next stage of this will be to see how the paddock on a race weekend works given the volume of people in close proximity.

Let us know your thoughts on the returning track action @F2inside on Twitter. 

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*Image Credit: Copyright Daimler AG.

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