FIA concerned about F1 cars losing bodywork parts after Bahrain GP

The FIA is concerned about Formula 1 cars losing bodywork parts following incidents involving Ferrari and Haas during the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend

FIA concerned about F1 cars losing bodywork parts after Bahrain GP

Romain Grosjean's Haas lost some parts on the pit straight, and the Frenchman eventually made a third extra pitstop to remove a piece that was lodged in the sidepods, and was badly compromising his aero performance.

His problems came after a sidepod vane worked loosed on Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari during free practice.

Whiting suggested that the FIA may now take a closer look at how securely parts are attached to cars.

"When anything comes off a car it's potentially dangerous," said Whiting.

"With all this furniture, as some people call it, it doesn't take much to make it weaker - a small contact will probably make it weaker, and it will start to disintegrate, which is what happened with Grosjean.

"One bit fell off, luckily it went onto the grass. A couple more bits came off, and then they removed another bit at their pitstop, but it's not very satisfactory, to be quite honest.

"We really need to make sure all these things are well attached. There's so many of them now.

"Some of the stuff that comes off, even if it's not very big, could do a lot of damage."

Haas team boss Guenther Steiner admitted that he didn't know what had caused the issue for Grosjean.

"I don't know if he hit something on the kerbs or ran into someone in all the manoeuvres at the start," he told Autosport.

"But they eventually came off, and we had to pit to get one piece off, because it disturbed the aerodynamics so much. It was undriveable, there was no balance anymore."

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