The Indy car and former F1 driver Justin Wilson had died after a crash in which he suffered a severe head injury in the closing laps of a race on Sunday at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania, IndyCar officials said.
The 37-year old was transferred to hospital in a critical condition in a coma at a hospital in Allentown. CEO of the parent of IndyCar and Indianapolis Motor Speedway Mark Miles said “This is a monumentally sad day for IndyCar and the motorsports community as a whole.”
Miles added “Justin’s elite ability to drive a race car was matched by his unwavering kindness, character and humility — which is what made him one of the most respected members of the paddock.”
Closing the cockpit
According to Motorsport.com the FIA is to carryout close cockpit tests following the death of Justin Wilson. As we been reporting the 37 year old died following a severe head injury and comes a month after the death of Jules Bianchi.
The debate is nothing new because in 2009 Felipe Massa was left fighting for his life after being hit by a spring at the Hungarian Grand Prix, just one week after rising star Henry Surtees was killed when he was hit by a loose wheel.
Initial tests of a fighter-jet style canopy has highlighted three issues either the polycarbonate cover would shatter, or it would simply launch the debris high in to the air and potentially pose a danger to spectator. Also it would cause problems removing a driver in an event of an accident.
There has also been an idea of a halo-style concept that would be fitted around the cockpit.
Clarifying radio clamp down
The FIA has release further information to give clarification on what teams are allowed to tell drivers on team radio. The sport’s governing body launched a clam down because of fears of driver coaching.
The new list includes what teams are and aren’t allowed to tell drivers on the grid. The new sporting regulations, which states “the driver shall drive the car alone and unaided”.
Messages given on the track, in the pit entry or pit exit during reconnaissance lap are not part of the clamp down.
But Toro Rosso boss Franz Tost was strong opponent of the coaching ban, with the team boss saying last September “The changes are absolutely not necessary.”
Adding “All the information the drivers get is also entertainment for the people in front of the TV to hear.”
Hoping of decision by Renault
Lotus is hoping that Romain Grosjean’s result in Sundays Belgian Grand Prix will help Renault decide whether they want to buy back the troubled team. There were bailiffs seeking to impound the team’s cars after the race at Spa,
Trackside operations director Alan Permane says the team would welcome back the French manufacture “with open arms obviously” if Renault returned
Permane added “We’ve got a great relationship and a great partnership with Mercedes but to be a works team again would be fantastic. To build on what we have got now, to build on the chassis we have done this year and then try to emulate what we did in 2005 and 2006 with Renault”
Renault left as a works team after the crash-gate scandal in 2009, Following them fixing the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix. The manufacture is currently assessing their future in the sport with the main options being to quit or return as team owners.
Meanwhile, lotus are facing financial problems.
Preventable tyre blowout
Tyre supplier Pirelli has claimed that if a proposal to limit the number of laps may have prevented Sebastian Vettel’s blowout on Sunday. The teams rejected the idea a few years ago.
Vettel’s tyre failed at the high-speed Eau Rouge section of the Spa-Francorchamps circuit on Sunday. The 28-year old German claimed that if the tyre blowout happened 200 metres earlier he would not be standing here now calling it “unacceptable.”
Pirelli said in a statement “In November 2013, Pirelli requested that there should be rules to govern the maximum number of laps that can be driven on the same set of tyres – among other parameters to do with correct tyre usage.”
The plan would off put the maximum distance equivalent to 50 per cent of the grand prix distance for the prime tyre and 30 per cent for the option. Vettel was on his 28th lap on the medium tyre over the 50 per cent recommended.