Motor racing chiefs introduced on Thursday the launch of an investigation into Romain Grosjean’s fiery Bahrain crash, saying the forensic probe would take “around six to eight” weeks to finish.
The French Formula One driver someway wrenched himself free from his blazing Haas automotive with simply burns to his palms and a damaged left foot after a collision with Daniil Kvyat on the primary lap of Sunday’s Grand Prix. He left the hospital on Wednesday.
In the instant aftermath of the stunning smash, there was widespread reward for contemporary security measures within the sport, but additionally concern over what F1’s motorsport managing director Ross Brawn described as “unpredictable” failures.
The International Automobile Federation (FIA) stated it had “initiated a detailed analysis of Romain Grosjean’s accident at the 2020 Bahrain Grand Prix”.
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The FIA’s security director, Adam Baker, stated: “With so much data available in Formula 1, it allows us to accurately determine every element of what occurred and this work has already begun.
“We take this analysis very critically and can observe a rigorous course of to seek out out precisely what occurred earlier than proposing potential enhancements.”
The FIA probe will look at a range of factors including Grosjean’s helmet, safety harness, headrest, in-car extinguisher and the Halo cockpit protection.
The Halo device is widely considered to have helped save Grosjean’s life as his car was sliced in two after careering into a barrier.
“The ‘halo’ saved the day and it saved Romain.,” Brawn stated on Sunday.
“There was controversy in creating it initially, however there cannot be any doubt now, so hats off to those that pushed for the introduction.”
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But he added: “The hearth is worrying. The break up within the barrier is worrying and the barrier coming aside, however we will be pleased with the protection of the automotive –- that received us via at this time, however issues failed in an unpredictable method.
“We haven’t seen anything like that for a very long time, but the barrier splitting normally results in a fatality.”
The FIA will look at the high-speed digicam mounted on Grosjean’s automotive, which faces the driving force.
Data may even be gathered from the in-ear accelerometers which might be moulded to suit inside a driver’s ear canal to measure the motion of his head.