70 years of Formula 1: this was the change in safety


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Gone are the dozens of deaths per season in the Formula 1. The new measures of security saved countless lives in the races of recent years. This Sunday, a new miracle happened in the category. Romain grosjean he spent 28 seconds in the fire and was able to walk out of his car.

Throughout history, different security measures have been implemented that have evolved over time. For example, in the early 1950s, pilots were not required to wear helmets or disc brakes did not exist. Something that seems unimaginable in these times. Throughout the category’s 70 years, many lives have been saved as a result of evolving security measures.

In 1963, the signal flags used today by sports commissioners in case of accidents or danger on the track were introduced. In addition, the pilots were forced to wear fire retardant suits to avoid the loss of some life in the event of fire. This was one of the elements that saved Grosjean’s life from the huge fire that was caused.

Closer in time, the use of the HANS. This device is a protector that is placed between the neck and the rider’s seat. It is strapped to the shoulders and this prevents the large decelerations of the car or in the event of an accident causing any serious injury to the neck of the competitors. The death of Ayrton senna in 1994 fundamental faith for this device.

In 2018 the HALO, the fundamental device for the accident this Sunday. The HALO was implemented as a helmet protective measure for pilots and played a star role in the Grosjean incident. When hitting the barriers, the HALO made them move, preventing them from hitting the Frenchman’s head directly. Fortunately, Grosjean was able to get out of the cockpit alive.

Deaths in Formula 1

Unfortunately there were deaths in Formula 1. Since its creation, drivers know that they are in a race against life. From the first race in 1950, until this Sunday, 42 drivers died. Among them are illustrious names of the category such as Ronnie peterson (1978), Gilles Villeneuve (1982) or Ayrton Senna (1994).


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