Safety problem? What safety problem?

What threatens to be a career-ending injury for Felipe Massa has prompted the inevitable clamour from ‘Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells’ and his ilk with regards to safety in F1.

Even the Beeb’s News At Ten probed the notion that Formula 1 will never be ‘one hundred percent safe’ as if this was a cause for action. Or even just ‘news’.

But what is ‘one hundred percent safe’? There were some interesting statistics published recently about the number of people in the UK who croak per annum pulling on their socks in the morning, hopping about until they headbutt the bookcase.

And apparently those are the lucky few that made it from the shower without braining themselves on the tap.

Nothing is safe.

Not getting up in the morning, putting on your pants, nor driving at 200mph in the slip stream of a car doing roughly the same.

Formula One is, in part at least, exciting because it is unsafe. And that in itself is a bit of an illusion these days, in that it’s got to be safer to shunt a 2009 Ferrari F60 into a tyre wall than a ten year old Citroen Saxo in a brick wall.

Formula 1 is preternaturally safe already, but will remain pregnable as Chance insists it must.

Massa is out of danger, and we all now hope this amiable and talented chap makes it back to his Ferrari sharpish.

God knows, he’s more at risk getting to the track each week than he is driving round it.

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@Mugen: not if you want to keep your job, it isn’t! At least you’re the early bird at your office, it seems…

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F-16 style glass canopy?
or perhaps something that looks like a Carparo T1?

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what happened to massa was a freak accident. and if the fia exclued brawn it woudn’t be fair because they checked buttons car before he wentout in q3

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OK, that was a freak accident, end of.

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If it aint broke dont fix it!!!!
What does need to be fixed on the other hand is the unjust suspension that has been immposed on
Renault.Im not expecting to get of scot-free maybe a grid place penelty but to be exclued thats a bit much!!!!!The Brawns arent excluded and they nearly killed Massa!!!!!
The FIA have always had it in for Renault!!!!

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Drivers race knowing the risks, riders race knowing the risk, you even wake up each morning to go to work knowing the risk that something really really freaky and unexpected may happen. The knee jerk reaction to Alonso’s wheel coming off is only because of the last week or so. I hope that the knee jerk reactions dont carry on and that sense prevails over stupidity of closed wheels and closed cockpits.
Henry Surtees’ accident was a ‘freak’ accident and a young future talent lost. Massa’s accident is another 1 in a billion accident and unfortunately there may be another huge talent lost if he can not race again.
F1 is a dangerous sport but isn’t that one of the reasons you watch it? The primevil instinct in all of us is for danger and thrill, you cant deny it.
I wish Massa a speedy recovery because, as I said before, he is a huge talent and a future champion and I hope it is not too long before we see him in the red cars again.
Personally, in the meantime, I want to see Schui or Coulthard in the car at the next races.

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Well, let them put canopys on F-1 Cars.Ask Niki Lauda how it feels, if a driver gets stuck in his car, when it burns. :P (i can already see a driver, stuck in his car, but because the body is bent, he cannot open the canopy) There’s a small chance, that it Will happen, but as i say,”What can go wrong, sooner or later WILL go wrong”. The chance for it to happen are about as big as being hit by some debris.What’s the next step? Ejector seats? Come on FIA. F-1 has never been safer than now. But even you,can’t outwit fate or destiny.Accidents do happen.

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here here slickrubber.

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now ferrari have got schui on side we are in for 1 hell of a treat SCHUI Vs HAMILTON god i cant wait and its till the end of the season, now well see who`s the best

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ahhhh Came on, theres a way to make it safier: Retire Rubens right away!!! heheheheheheehe

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Shumi vs Kimi is the one I want to watch I have never rated Kimi now I get to see how good he realy is

It was such a freak accident more so when you think Massa is good friends with Rubens who was ex Ferrari and Ross was top dog at Ferrari. You couldnt get two closer sets of people such a shame it happened at all the more so to happen withing a group of good friends. Get well soon Massa sadly accidents happen FIA please understand that the Drivers do

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There is no way F1 is ever going to be 100% safe, going 200mph in something that weighs less than the drivers. But you cant wrap them in more bubblewrap, what they have has saved lives, Massa’s helmet saved his and I dont think anything else has to be done.

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“Now well (sic) see who’s the best?”

Only if they both drive the same car. This is F1!

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Safety. It’s come a long way. They used to not have seat belts in F1, say in the 50s. Looking at footage from the 80s, the lack of protection around the neck-area is naked and scary looking compared to today’s designs. The circuits also seem to have better designs. In the 70s, sideburns seemed to be the main safety feature.

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I don’t really understand why a lot of people above say that canopies would be dangerous because they would make driver extraction too difficult. Has anybody tried to do an extraction out of let’s say a Mosler GT1, Gillet Vertigo GT, or even a Peugeot 908?

And when was the last time we saw a F1 car on fire outside of the pits?

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@ Luuk Schouteten(41)Well, rules in F-1 states, that a driver has to get out of his car within 5 seconds.Sounds like a lot, but it includes detaching a steering wheel, and putting it back on, after they’re outside,plus getting out of the harness. Its a rule, made by the FIA. And even if the car is in the pit,the canopy would stay on.
It doesn t have to be burning, but just smoke(from the brakes, or an engine blow-up), or gas could get a driver unconscious.(which usually results in certain death at 200 mph,as seen with Surtees,because the body doesn’t brace for the impact). And you compare F-1 with GT-cars, which run on completly diffrent rules and conditions, try to fit a fire extinguisher in a F-1 Cockpit, for example.
In F-1, the wheels have to be secured with carbon ropes, so they don’t fly through the Pampa, after a crash. My question is: Why is that NOT the case in GP-2? The cars are a lot more comparable, than let’s say LeMans Racers.

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its all pure chance, a canopy would solve some problems, like flying debris, but what if the car catches fire? then itll blow up with them in side!

the fact that that Surtees bloke was hit in the face by a wheel & killed, & then the next week Massa was hit in the face with a spring & nearly killed, & then the next week the tire came off Alonso’s car & not killed, is all pure coincedence, a bunch of 1 in 50 year events, all happening within a few weeks is just pure chance…

saying that F1 cars need canopys is as daft as all this 2012 stuff, just beacause someones calender ends on the 21st of the 12th 2012, i could claim that the end of the world is the 31st of the 12th 2026 just cos thats when my phone calender ends, its not the end of the world its not the end of F1, its not the begining of canopys!

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