If you are passionate about Formula 1 or if you see typically the sports news sure that you remember the brutal accident suffered by Fernando Alonso in the Grand Prix of Australia, in Melbourne, during the past season 2016. The Spanish rider was looking for a gap to overtake Esteban Gutierrez when the start of braking at high speed hit him. Both ended in the gravel, but Alonso gave several turns of bell leaving your car upside down and next to the guards.
The accident it was very hard and spectacular, being a miracle that Alonso could come out by itself of the vehicle, the more taking into account that it is upside down and completely destroyed. In fact, although we have seen it several times since then, still getting goosebumps every time we watch. You may have heard of the famous halo, a coating for the cabin of the car avoid possible serious blows in the head like that experienced Maria de Villota or Jules Bianchi.
After the accident Alonso came a lot of doubts and mistrust within the paddock of the “great circus” about the halo. Would he have been able to the Spanish rider to exit the vehicle if your car had been built-in the halo? What would happen if a rider has a problem and must quickly leave the vehicle? And what about in case of fire? Laurent Mekies, director of career and security of the FIA, has recently stated that was simulated specifically to the accident Alonso and removal.
statements Mekies are the following: “We note specifically that accident when we did the study of the halo. We have seen how the car landed, but the main question was what happens if the individual needs to come out. The answer is in two parts: the first part is the standard procedure stipulates that the commissioners put back the car of foot. We accept that if the pilot feels well never wait, will try to get out. It is not a great idea in a car with an electrical system in it and I would prefer it to be expected, but what we understand”.
“we Put one of our chassis upside down with a halo, with Andy Mellor, a consultant for the Global Institute for Safety in motor sports, in the worst case and we ask that you leave exactly in the position of Fernando and incredibly did it. So we believe that the halo actually creates a breathing space for the pilot. When we teach the pilots, were not impressed with the speed of Andy to get out of the car, but in reality was asked to try it out before the halo is introduced, so that one day they will receive that training”; clarified Mekies.
Source – Carscoops