FIA to look into debris-related accidents
The FIA has asked its Safety Commission to work on a report about the accidents involving Henry Surtees and Felipe Massa.
Surtees was killed less than 10 days ago during an F2 race at Brands Hatch when he was hit in the head by a flying wheel from another car. Less than a week later, Ferrari driver Massa was hit by a spring from Rubens Barrichello's car during qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix, leading some F1 drivers to ask for work to improve safety in this area.
On Monday, motorsport's ruling body announced it has asked the FIA Safety Commission to prepare a report with recommendations on how to try and improve the safety standards to avoid such accidents.
"FIA President Max Mosley has asked the FIA Safety Commission to prepare a report on the recent debris-related accidents in the FIA Formula 1 World Championship and FIA Formula 2 Championship," said the FIA in a statement. The FIA Safety Commission, which is made up of medical and technical representatives from all areas of motorsport, will submit its report and recommendations to the World Motor Sport Council.
"Preliminary findings suggest the helmet being used by Felipe Massa may have played a significant role in limiting the injuries sustained. The FIA 8860 helmet, which took eight years to develop by the FIA and FIA Institute, provides increased protection in all key impact areas."