Formula 1 could make safety changes to its cars as early as next year in response to the Spa Formula 2 crash which claimed the life of Anthoine Hubert.
“The teams have been asked to do some analysis work on the current chassis design to understand where the current regulations sit as far as chassis strength,” said Racing Point technical director Andrew Green. “I’m sure that there’ll be discussion in the next TWG [Technical Working Group] to look at next steps.”
While modifications are likely for the 2021 technical regulations, which are under discussion at present, Green believes teams are likely to agree changes to improve safety next year, despite having already begun work on their 2020 designs.
“All the teams, we don’t argue about this sort of thing, we just get on and do it,” he said. “I think at the moment in the back of everyone’s mind is what we can do for 2020.”
Green revealed current chassis are not capable of withstanding the severity of impact which occurred between Hubert and Correa’s cars.
“It was a massive impact, that’s the bottom line,” he said. “The energy involved was absolutely huge and the current chassis design, whether it be F2 or F1, there’s no way what the current chassis can survive that sort of impact. It’s not out by a little bit, it’s not like we’re a few percent out – [it’s] a long way out.”
“You’ve got to do a certain amount of [energy] absorbing in the nose,” he explained. “The nose worked as expected, but the energy absorbed was a small fraction of what was required.
“So we’re looking at increasing that for future and I’m sure increasing the strength inside the chassis as well. Steps in that direction.”
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