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GP Week : Issue 185
Monaco Singapore Abu Dhabi Austin 24/25/26 May 21 / 22 September 1 / 3 November 15/16/17 November AMBER LOUNGE THE ULTIMATE VIP GRAND PRIX EXPERIENCE 2013 CELEBRATING 10 YEARS VIP Parties Fashion Shows Dining Hospitality Live Acts BlackBook-210x282.indd 1 01/03/2013 17:52 F1 >>> nEWs IMPACT PROGREss Formula One drivers will be even safer next year, with all cars set to be fitted with a new system designed to better protect them in the event of a side impact. The new system – the result of a year- long collaboration between Marussia, Red Bull, McLaren, Mercedes, and the FIA Institute – guards the driver against not just head on, ‘ T-Bone’ collisions, but also against side impacts irrespective of the angle of impact. “We went back to basics to examine what a side impact structure really needs to do in different types of accident,” FI A Institute research consultant Andy Mellor told FIA’s in- house magazine AUTO. “We used Robert Kubica's crash in Montreal as a specific reference point since that was a major impact at an acute angle.” During the course of its research, the FIA Institute found that the current side impact crash structure – which features crushable tube structures attached to the side of the chassis – tended to break off in the event of an angled impact, even if the same structure performed without issue in a straightforward collision. To solve the problem of shearing, the FIA Institute explored two options: one that used carbon sandwich panels made up of energy absorbing materials like foam, aluminium honeycombs, and carbon honeycombs, and another that used carbon tubes. They found that the carbon tubes, which gradually get crushed, dissipating energy all the while, were more effective than the carbon sandwich solution, which tended to buckle in the event of an oblique impact. The eventual solution was initially designed by Marussia before being further developed and honed by Red Bull, and the tubes are now able to absorb nearly 40 kJ of energy in both normal and side impacts. Formula One will see a return to in-season testing in 2014 after the FIA’s World Motor sport Council agreed to reintroduce testing with strict limits at their quarterly meeting on 28 June. In-season testing has been banned since 2009 – with the exception of last year’s FIA-moderated in-season test in Mugello – in a bid to control costs, a far cry from the days when teams kept a separate test team up and running and could hold an unlimited amount of sessions to develop their cars. Instead teams have been limited to a handful of pre -season tests typically run in February, with exceptions made for straight-line aerodynamic testing and promotional days during the season which teams can use to film advertisements and sponsor videos. “Four two -day track tests will be allowed in season in place of the current eight one -day promotional days and the three -day young driver test,” the FIA said in a statement following the World Motor Sport Council meeting. “ T hese will take place at tracks in Europe on the Tuesday and Wednesday after a race in order to ensure minimal additional resources are necessary.” The move to bring back testing and the allocation of a total of eight days of track running to each team irrespective of whether an outfit chooses to conduct a serious test or a promotional run, goes some way towards clarifying the rules that govern testing and comes just a week after Mercedes were found guilty of breaching the rules by running their current car in a Pirelli tyre test. At the Goodwood meeting the WMSC also approved a tweak to the sport’s sanctioning system aimed at improving driving standards. The new format will see the introduction of a penalty points system whereby drivers will accumulate points on their superlicense for any infringements. The number of points handed out will depend on the severity of the offence, but if a driver accumulates more than 12 points on his license across any twelve -month period (not a calendar year), he will be banned for a race. IN-sEAsON TEsTING bACK 8 GPWEEK.com // 8 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: