Formula One safety measures have come a long way since the sport first became popular in 1950. This blog will explore the different methods that the FIA, event organisers, equipment manufacturers and teams have used to improve and maintain the highest safety standards for both drivers and observers.
We will feature articles that showcase measures taken on Grand Prix tracks across the world in order to make them safer for drivers. Our blog’s readers can expect to find analysis of the fibres and materials used within helmets and overalls, monocoques, tyres and car frameworks, such as Zylon, DuPont™, Nomex®, aramide, polyethylene and carbon fibre. We will also consider topics such as the construction of special high speed racing barriers and the ‘black box’ accident recorders fitted as standard in every F1 car since 1999. Furthermore the blog will provide overviews on crash tests and the regulations that relate to them, as well as the series of stringent safety tests performed on cars both during manufacturing and in the build-up to each race.
Regardless of the number of safety measures in place, the fact still remains that a high-speed sport such as F1 racing will see its fair share of accidents and injuries. You will be able to read here about what provisions are made on site for medical assistance before, during and after each race, including facts and figures on how many medical and safety personnel are recruited, how the centre is equipped and what the average response times are when an accident does occur.