Gian Carlo Minardi “Safety comes first”
New Formula 1 regulations continue to cause controversy. At the end of the first Jerez testing day, Gian Carlo Minardi focussed on the danger of cars’ new noses, especially in case of side collision or, even worse, in case of rear-ending. This theory was also confirmed by engineers and technicians the likes of Adrian Newey and Gabriele Tredozi.
In these days, Red Bull’s bright engineer talked about safety linked to new noses and the positioning of new batteries. But the Manager from Faenza would like to take a 360 degree view of new dangers “In comparison with 1994, the year one of the world’s most gifted drivers ever passed away, Formula 1 safety regulations changed so much. How about Formula 1 safety today? In these days I heard people talking about new turbo engines and reliability, only Newey talked about safety. What I’d like to understand is whether everything is under control and I’d like to hear that from FIA. Formula 1 introduced many far-reaching changes, which can turn to be dangerous. It’s the case of new batteries which, in case of overheating, can set off unexpected blazes”, says Minardi on the website www.minardi.it. “Some led lights have been installed onto cars (red, yellow, green) so that, in case of danger, mechanics and technicians are warned and they can start working on fixing problems. Drivers were told that, in case of danger, they have to jump off the car and avoid touching the car’s bodywork, but, what about track commissioners? Were they duly trained? I heard that teams’ mechanics attended training courses on safety and teams can make use of self-certifications each engine constructor have drawn up for his clients. I think FIA should draw up an official register for teams and track commissioners.”
We don’t have to forget that in case of accident or breakdown, track commissioners are the first to intervene “Some circuits host International competitions only once a year. Are track commissioners well trained? Do they know how to behave? Do they know what kind of led light allows them to intervene on the car? I ask these questions on a very important matter such as work safety, as an enthusiast not a technician. I heard that circuits haven’t been given any information about that as well as any official register….” ends the former constructor from Faenza “Not to mention also shipping problems. In the past, batteries, which were smaller and less technologic, were shipped inside bespoke boxes, now they’ll have to be put inside special boxes both in the case of air way and roadway shipping”, that goes to the detriment of expense reduction.