The halo, barriers & more


Formula 1 has come a long way during the course of its 70-year history, and in no area so much as in terms of safety.

In the 1960s and 70s, it was widely accepted that racing came with a real risk of severe injury or death and it took some time before the culture of striving to protect lives set in.

Three-time world champion Jackie Stewart played an important part in the push for safety during some of F1’s most dangerous years, advocating mandatory seatbelts and full-face helmets, as well as for better barriers and proper medical teams.

In more recent years, two big waves of safety innovations have been kick-started by the deaths of Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger in 1994, and Jules Bianchi’s ultimately fatal crash in 2014.

These key moments in F1 history have served as reminders that motorsport cannot become complacent and that there is always … Read More . . .

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