FIA clarifies HANS position

The FIA, the sport's governing body, has moved to clarify its position on the compulsory use of the HANS (head and neck safety) system in Formula 1. The neck collar is designed to protect drivers in a frontal impact and the FIA has said that from now on, any driver incapable of wearing the device will not be permitted to compete - he would have to be replaced in the team

FIA clarifies HANS position

The system has proved controversial in the first two grands prix with Justin Wilson and Rubens Barrichello both being forced to retire due to incidents related to HANS. Barrichello was given special dispensation to drive without it in Malaysia.

"The system can be uncomfortable if not properly adjusted for the individual driver," a statement says. "It also marginally raises the height of the centre of gravity of the car. It would be unfair is some drivers were allowed to race without it. At the same time, the prove safety gains are so great that it would be irresponsible to abandon the system.

"Accordingly, there will be no dispensations from now on. If any driver is unable to wear the device for medical or other reasons, the team concerned will have to replace him, just as they would if he could not wear a crash helmet or seat belts."

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