As the FIA wraps up its investigation into Romain Grosjean’s crash, the results could lead to some safety changes. What are they ? We try to answer it by analyzing this video from The Race.
Now former Formula 1 driver Romain Grosjean miraculously recovered unscathed from his horrific crash at the Bahrain Grand Prix in 2020. After carefully reviewing the crash, the FIA believes there are areas for improvement. In a video posted by The Race, details of the crashes and what they will mean for the future of the sport are explored.
The most impressive detail about that of the French driver is that on impact, Grosjean’s vehicle suffered a shock equivalent to approximately 67 G. This is what it feels like to hit a barrier at over 200 km / h. It was the force that tore the engine from the chassis and also ruptured the fuel cell, which led to the car set on fire which burned Grosjean’s hands.
Following the accident, the FIA is now looking to improve the heat resistance of driving gloves. The institution is also seeking to study a number of areas ranging from circuit design to single-seater design. The survival cell, which protects the driver in the event of an accident, will in particular be re-examined. Among others, the FIA is interested in the front of the structure since Grosjean had difficulty getting his foot out of the cockpit and was forced to take off his shoe (fire resistant) to get out.
New safety rules soon?
Other structural elements are also under study. Mirrors for example: Grosjean hit a car in its blind spot. The seat and headrest are also under consideration. This latter area is being investigated in order to facilitate exit from the cockpit in the event of a collision.
Circuit design is also under review. The area in which Grosjean crashed was not quite parallel to the track because it was an access point for the marshals. The FIA is therefore examining these openings and the rules for the homologation of circuits.
These are just a few of the many areas that the FIA is investigating. It is clear that even if the survival of Romain Grosjean is the result of several years of innovation and development in terms of security, there are still some improvements to be made. Fortunately, the French driver is back behind the wheel and will race in IndyCar this season.