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FIA present Jules Bianchi accident panel findings // Conclusions and recommendations following Japan

Published by Christine

FIA present Jules Bianchi accident panel findings
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The 10-strong panel put together by the FIA to investigate Jules Bianchi’s accident in Japan have presented their findings to the World Motorsport Council in an almost 400 page document. Although they go into far more detail, their main conclusions centre on the dampness of the track, the placement of the recovery vehicle, the speed of the car going into the corner and Bianchi’s reaction to the oversteer created, plus the design of the brake-by-wire system on the Marussia not working with engine failsafe settings.

Their recommendations include new rules for double yellow flag periods, a review of drainage around F1 circuits, a calendar review to attempt to avoid rainy seasons, plus more wet testing of the tyres and firming up the superlicence requirements.

One of the panel’s key points is that there isn’t much scope to improve the F1 car against collisions of this nature, but that the focus needs to be on avoiding an incident like this happening again.