Teams asked to re­vise cars af­ter Monger crash

New Straits Times - - Sport -

FORMULA One teams have been told to change the rear jack points on their cars for safety rea­sons af­ter a re­cent Formula Four ac­ci­dent that cost Bri­tish teenager Billy Monger his legs.

In­ter­na­tional Au­to­mo­bile Fed­er­a­tion (FIA) safety direc­tor Lau­rent Mekies wrote to the teams ahead of Sun­day’s Monaco Grand Prix seek­ing mod­i­fi­ca­tions to the points at which jacks are en­gaged to raise the back of cars at pit­stops.

“Fol­low­ing sev­eral front-torear in­ci­dents over the past months in var­i­ous sin­gle-seater cat­e­gories, the FIA would like all F1 teams to en­sure that their rear jack­ing point de­signs can­not act ag­gres­sively dur­ing such an in­ci­dent,” he wrote.

“Con­sid­er­ing the strength, shape and po­si­tion of the jack­ing points, they may be­come one of the ini­tial points of con­tact in a crash with an­other car and al­ter the per­for­mance of the crash struc­ture of the other car.

“The use of ag­gres­sive de­signs will not be per­mit­ted from the Monaco GP on­wards.”

De­tails of the note were pub­lished on the mo­tor­sport.com web­site.

An FIA spokesman con­firmed teams had been writ­ten to, without the de­tails be­ing is­sued to me­dia by the gov­ern­ing body, with a tech­ni­cal meet­ing sched­uled for Fri­day in the Mediter­ranean prin­ci­pal­ity.

Mo­tor­sport said some teams had de­signs that were deemed safe but oth­ers made re­vi­sions to en­sure the jack points were no longer the first point of con­tact if a car ran into the back of an­other.

Monger, 17, had his lower legs am­pu­tated af­ter his car smashed into the back of an­other sta­tion­ary on track at Bri­tain’s Don­ing­ton Park cir­cuit last month.

Monaco, although the slow­est cir­cuit on the track, has sev­eral cor­ners that are taken blind with the risk of hit­ting sta­tion­ary cars, although the flag mar­shals are famed for their skill in warn­ing of haz­ards and clear­ing de­bris.

The har­bour­side street cir­cuit saw fa­tal ac­ci­dents in the 1960s and re­mains one of the trick­i­est, with cars skim­ming the metal bar­ri­ers and speed­ing from dark­ness into the sun­light through a tun­nel. Reuters

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