Sainz confronted a critical security challenge in Mexico Metropolis when the driving force did not extract himself from the cockpit of his Ferrari F1-75, elevating large questions on Ferrari’s security protocols of their System 1 automobile design. A flaw that might be deadly within the occasion of a critical crash such because the one skilled by Frenchman Romain Grosjean a number of years in the past.
Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz confronted a critical security challenge on the end of the System One Mexican Grand Prix on Sunday when the Spaniard did not extricate himself from the cockpit of his automobile after the end.
After the end of the Mexican Grand Prix, the place he crossed the road in fifth place, Carlos Sainz parked his automobile within the Parc Fermé as required by the laws, however when it got here to extracting himself from his cockpit, the Ferrari driver was unable to take away the top and shoulder piece and needed to wait for 2 of his mechanics to come back and assist him.
The cockpit of a System 1 automobile is so small that it’s inconceivable for a driver to get out of his automobile with out eradicating this security function.
In line with the digicam footage on Sainz’s automobile (see video under), it was the fixings that maintain the headrest in place that precipitated the issue, and it took the assistance of two Scuderia mechanics to ‘free’ the Spanish driver.
Carlos nonetheless had a bit little bit of an issue getting out of his automobile after the race. pic.twitter.com/uLnOX8pQYS
— Chanel⁵⁵ (@Carlos55edits) October 30, 2022
This incident could appear insignificant, however it’s not, as a result of drivers are obliged to have the ability to get out of their automobiles in a really brief house of time for security causes within the occasion of an accident or hearth. On Sunday in Mexico Metropolis, Carlos Sainz needed to wait 47 seconds for the headrest to come back off and a number of other extra seconds to get out of his automobile, nearly a minute in whole, twice the time allowed by the FIA.
Romain Grosjean was doing 192 kilometres per hour when he hit a metallic crash barrier and his automobile exploded right into a fireball round him on the Bahrain Grand Prix 2020.
The influence was estimated to be equal to 67 Gs, or 67 instances his physique weight. By comparability, heavy braking in an F1 automobile produces about 6 Gs, the French driver made an astonishing escape from the raging furnace.
Grosjean’s Haas automobile break up in half after penetrating the barrier and rapidly caught hearth. He was trapped contained in the cockpit for 27 seconds earlier than scrambling out, yanking his jammed foot out of his racing boot so as to take action.
Had he been additional encumbered by a defective restraint system like Sainz, the Frenchman might not of survived the expertise.
He suffered solely minor burns to the again of his fingers and a sprained left ankle, and was discharged from hospital quickly after.
It isn’t inconceivable that the FIA will take up this drawback in the course of the subsequent race weekend in Brazil and can ask Ferrari to elucidate why its driver had a lot issue to get out of his automobile after the race in Mexico.
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