Formula 1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone against protecting drivers, doesn’t want safety canopy
Formula 1’s march towards a safer future has attracted significant controversy and disagreement over how to implement greater safety for drivers. F1 chief and notorious agitator Bernie Ecclestone admitted he doesn’t think there should be any cockpit protection whatsoever when asked about Red Bull’s proposed design, which was first tested this week.
When asked by Motorsport if he prefers Red Bull’s Canopy or Ferrari’s Halo design, he said “I don’t like any of them,” and then went on to say he thinks F1 should do “nothing” for cockpit protection. He doesn’t think the safety cockpit will achieve its mission of protecting drivers from debris in a crash.
“I just think to try to simulate something when you’ve got a stationary object, and you’re firing a tyre at it, when in the race when the wheel has come off normally both cars would be moving. So how can you simulate it by having a car stationary? And how would you ever know what’s going to happen with a wheel anyway? If it hits the thing it would probably bounce off anyway. So I don’t know.”
In spite of Ecclestone’s protests, the FIA will choose by July 1st if Ferrari’s or Red Bull’s design will be implemented for the 2017 season. Ferrari’s design is expected to get the nod, as it’s been in development for longer than Red Bull’s.
Lewis Hamilton has also spoken out against the safety cockpits and against increasing safety in general. Ecclestone’s response: “We can make it more dangerous if he wants. “
Posted on May 2, 2016, in Uncategorized and tagged Bernie Ecclestone against protecting Drivers, F1 CEO against protecting Drivers, Formula 1, Formula1 CEO against protecting Drivers. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.