Former F1 manager hails vehicle safety after Alonso crash

Posted By on Apr 6, 2016 | 0 comments


Alonso’s McLaren was sent out into a terrifying barrel roll after he clipped Esteban Gutierrez’s Haas at near 200mph, but the two-time champ crawled from the wreckage before leaving.

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Since Ayrton Senna’s death at Imola in 1994 triggered tightened up security steps, Frenchman Jules Bianchi, who died at the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix, is the only F1 driver to have actually lost his life in a race.

Asked if Alonso would have survived a comparable mishap Twenty Years earlier, Mosley informed British newspapers: “I don’t think he would have.

“You wouldn’t understand for sure without an in-depth analysis, however normally speaking those sorts of mishaps led to serious injury or death.

“Happily that seems to have actually stopped. There are still freak accidents, like Jules, but those sort of severe racing accidents, you do expect the motorist to leave. That would not have held true 20 years ago.

“This was thanks to (former FIA chief medical officer) Sid Watkins and a team of really qualified individuals and the teams themselves.

“It had to be looked at scientifically and that was the big change after Ayrton Senna’s death at Imola in 1994.

“It’s really pleasing to see Alonso leave. You work hard and it’s really gratifying when you see the outcomes. It was rather an outstanding crash.”.

Mosley’s reign as FIA (International Federation of Automobiles) chief in between 1993 and 2009 accompanied a huge safety push that continues today, with the planned introduction of the Halo gadget to secure motorists’ heads.

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