F1 Doctor Backs Safety Improvements

The Formula One Drivers Association has won the support of FIA medical delegate Gary Hartstein over the need to improve safety during testing, according to this week's Autosport

F1 Doctor Backs Safety Improvements

The drivers have recently expressed their concerns over the safety levels during testing, and they will meet with FIA president Max Mosley next month to discuss safety issues.

The meeting, scheduled for August 1 in Cannes, will be open to all current Superlicence holders and is also likely to be attended by Hartstein and FIA race director Charlie Whiting.

The medical delegate will then write concrete recommendations that will be issued to the FIA.

Hartstein met with the GPDA members during the French Grand Prix weekend and subsequently sent them a letter outlining his thoughts about their concerns.

"It would be useful, in order to understand the steps necessary to optimise your safety at private tests, to analyse what is involved, step by step, in an appropriate response to an accident at a motor racing circuit," the letter states.

"After this I will synthesise the conclusions from this analysis into a set of concrete recommendations."

F1 testing is not currently regulated by the FIA, but all tests must be held at FIA-approved circuits.

Earlier this year Mosley indicated the FIA would be willing to regulate testing again, but only if teams met the cost of improvements.

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