The design regulations for the 2016 Formula one cars have remained relatively stable, however one apparently small but significant alteration has presented a number of challenges for the teams. The cockpit surrounding the helmet has been raised some 20 mm to increase protection for the driver’s head.
This change is the result of a report produced by the FIA following the Jules Bianchi crash. The actual FIA document remains secret, though TJ13 understands the recommendations are based on analysis which suggested the type of compression Jules Bianchi’s head suffered could be mitigated by such modifications.
The loading test the new component is required to pass has been increased from 15 kN to 50 KN and this is applied at 90 degrees to the vertical. However, a side benefit of this improved design also enormously improves the vertical structural rigidity of the cockpit surrounding the driver’s head. Combined with the incremental…
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