If you are fans of Formula 1 or if you can usually see the sports news are sure you remember the brutal accident suffered by Fernando Alonso in the Grand Prix of Australia, in Melbourne, during the past season 2016. The Spanish pilot sought a hole ahead of Esteban Gutiérrez when at the beginning of a braking at high speed hit him. Both ended up in the gravel, but Alonso gave several turns of campaign running your mouth car below and next to the guards.
The accident was very hard and spectacular, being miraculous that Alonso could leave by itself same of the vehicle, more taking in has that this is was mouth down and completely shattered. In fact, even though we’ve seen it several times since then, still getting goose bumps whenever we see again it. You have probably heard of the famous halo, a coating to the cabin of the car to prevent possible serious blows in the head like that María de Villota or Jules Bianchi suffered.
After the crash from Alonso arrived many doubts and mistrust within the “big circus” paddock about halo. Would Spanish driver out of the car if his car had been built halo have been able to? What if a driver has a problem and must quickly leave the vehicle? And in case of fire? Laurent Mekies, director of career and safety of the FIA, said recently that are specifically simulated the crash from Alonso and their extraction.
Mekies statements are as follows: “specifically note that accident when we did the study of halo.” We have seen how the car landed, but the main question was what happens if the individual needs to go out. The answer is in two parts: the first part is that standard procedure stipulates that the Commissioners again put foot car. We accept that if the pilot feels good you will never wait for you, he will try to leave. It is not a great idea in a car with electric system in it and we would prefer to wait, but we understand it“.”
“Put one of our chassis backwards with a halo, with Andy Mellor, consultant to the Global Institute for safety in motor sports, indoors in the worst case and ask that it come out exactly in the position of Fernando and did incredibly.” So we believe that the halo really creates a space of breathing for the pilot. When is it teach pilots, they were not impressed with the speed of Andy to get out of the car, but actually asked to try it until the halo is inserted, so that one day they will receive that training“; It clarified Mekies.
Source – Carscoops