Bob Hubbard should be rightly remembered for the huge contribution he made to safety in motorsport. Particularly as the 25th anniversary of the dark weekend that was the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix approaches.
Along with his business partner and pioneering HANS user Jim Downing, American professor Hubbard worked for years to get the device accepted, often in the face of scepticism and open hostility.
Sadly, it would take a series of high-profile fatal accidents in major categories to accelerate its adoption, to the point where it is now as commonplace in motorsport as seat belts and helmets. Many owe their lives to Hubbard's persistence.