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Old 26th August 2015, 07:52   #1
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Ex-Formula One driver Justin Wilson has passed away after succumbing to head injuries sustained in a crash in Sunday’s IndyCar race at Pocono in the United States. The former Minardi and Jaguar racer was 37.
Wilson’s Pocono crash came after he was struck on the helmet by the nose section of another car, which had broken free after spinning into the wall. The former F3000 champion and seven-time Indycar winner was immediately airlifted to hospital, but died on Monday afternoon.

FIA technical director Charlie Whiting is convinced protected cockpits will one day be introduced into open-wheel racing as motorsport's governing body prepares to conduct further testing.

http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/120489

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"We've been working on this for a few years and come up with a number of solutions to test, some more successfully than others.

"We had the fighter jet cockpit approach, but the downsides to that significantly outweighed the upsides.

"We also came up with some fairly ugly looking roll structures in front of the drivers, but they can't drive with it as they can't see through it.

The FIA Institute continues to work on safety improvements

"So it's been really, really hard to come up with something that is going to do it.

"But we have two other solutions on the table, with the first something from Mercedes.

"It doesn't cover the driver, you can still take the driver out, which is one of the most important things, and it's a hoop above the drivers head and forward of it, but with one central stay.

"We are also looking at another device which is blades of varying heights which will be set on top of the chassis and in front of the driver at angles which will render them nearly invisible to him."

The tests comprise objects, which include a complete wheel and tyre, being fired at a chassis, with a driver's head simulated in the cockpit.
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Damn, that is one freak accident. He just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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Default Re: Justin Wilson succumbs to head injuries - Time for closed cockpits?

Remember Massa and the spring? (circa 2009)

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Extremely sad to hear this news. May his soul RIP!

Many fatalities in recent times. I am pretty sure they will soon look to put roll cages around the cockpit.
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Default Re: Justin Wilson succumbs to head injuries - Time for closed cockpits?

This is one freak accident. The probability of this is actually very very low statistically and the sport is relatively safe. The number of accidents is far lower and its a risk anyone takes in these sports when signing up for.


In a way he did what he loved before he met with his end. May his family have all the strength to move on and live a peaceful life.

More than a cage we should look at how to contain the lose parts in an accident. Like a air bag style net that opens up to contain the parts made of carbon fiber or a retractable cage that works on air bag technique that will basically make the cockpit completely safe from flying debris yet easy to open and shift drivers.
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Extremely sad to hear this news. May his soul RIP!

Many fatalities in recent times. I am pretty sure they will soon look to put roll cages around the cockpit.
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The Mercedes proposal of Halo around the driver's head.

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