FIA reveals new F1 helmet safety standards for 2019

The FIA has revealed a new helmet standard that will be mandatory in Formula 1 from the 2019 season

FIA reveals new F1 helmet safety standards for 2019

The latest standard will offer improved safety, according to the ruling body, as it will include advanced ballistic protection and increased energy absorption.

The top of the helmet's visor opening has been lowered by 10mm to "achieve unprecedented levels of safety during impact from debris," according to an FIA statement.

The shell construction uses advanced composite materials to ensure resistance to crushing and penetration.

It will be mandatory in Formula 1 from 2019 and in other championships soon after, said the FIA, which worked with helmet manufacturers Stilo, Bell Racing, Schuberth and Arai during the research phase.

"The current top-end helmets are already the safest in the world but the new standard will take them to the next level," said FIA safety director Laurent Mekies.

"It is important for all of our safety research that we continually strive to improve and this is why we are requiring all manufacturers to meet this tougher standard for our championships."

Under the new FIA 8860-2018 standard all helmets must withstand the following tests:

- Standard impact: Helmet impact at 9.5m/s. Peak deceleration on 'driver's head' shall not exceed 275G.

- Low velocity impact: Helmet impact at 6m/s. Peak deceleration shall not exceed 200G with a maximum average of 180g.

- Low lateral impact: Helmet impact at 8.5m/s. Peak deceleration shall not exceed 275G.

- Advanced Ballistic Protection: A 225g metal projectile fired at 250km/h. The peak deceleration shall not exceed 275G.

- Crush: A 10kg weight falling 5.1 metres onto helmet. Lateral and longitudinal tests. The transmitted force should not exceed 10 kN.

- Shell penetration: A 4kg impactor dropped onto helmet at 7.7m/s.

- Visor penetration: Air rifle fires 1.2g pellet at visor. Pellet must not penetrate the interior of the helmet.

- Visor coating: Transmitter test to ensure colouration and vision is not significantly changed or distorted.

- Retention system: Roll-off test and dynamic test to ensure strength of chin strap and its attachments.

- Chin guard linear impact: Impact test with full headform at 5.5m/s. The peak deceleration shall not exceed 275G.

- Chin guard crush: Hammer hits chin guard and measures ability to keep impact away from the head.

- FHR mechanical strength: Test to ensure high strength of attachment points for Frontal Head Restraints.

- Projection and surface friction: Test to ensure helmet surface uniformity and that friction is minimised. Shell surface also subjected to BARCOL hardness test for resistance to penetration.

- Flammability: Helmet exposed to 790°C flame; it must self-extinguish once flame is removed.

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