Seas wrote:We have to remember that Dale Ernhardt was killed in an impact of 45 mph because of neck injuries and sudden deceleration.
Actually Dale was killed in excess of 45 miles per hour. Quite a bit above that. It was a lesson we should have never had to learn. I think NASCAR is a great leader in track and driver safety. They are constantly improving the cars and tracks. The so called "Car of Tomorrow" is a great example of this. The main focus was safety improvements of the current car design. Though I could do without the splitter and funny rear wing they use now. It's doesn't look right.
As far as safety improvements go, there is no solace in saying "well it's better than it was." You should NEVER fall back on that. You should always ask "What can we improve so this is even safer?" Sure, he might have been killed a few years ago, but they should focus on the problems and shortcomings of what was NOT in place to limit the severity of the accident.
I did not know they developed the SAFER barrier for ChampCar/IRL. They benefit from it so F1 should follow suit and install them on all their tracks. Or a comparable system at least. Cost shouldn't be a factor, nor should installation time. I think that if they have to delay a GP to install the system, then I'm more than happy to forgo my F1 fix and wait.
The thing that scared me the most was the way Roberts head was bouncing off the cockpit sides. Don't know if any of you out there watch NHRA drag racing, but Eric Medlen was tragically killed not too long ago. His head bounced around with the same severity that Roberts' did, if not worse, and he suffered fatal injuries from it. It was a huge shock and a sad day to hear someone so young and with such a bright future to be so suddenly gone. There is a MASSIVE hole in the collective NHRA heart, just the same when Darrell Russell was killed. He died from a piece of a tire coming through the rear of the roll cage and hitting him in the head. Another lesson learned with too big a price. Goodyear redesigned the tires to try and stop that from happening, and all the teams were required to install a shield between the engines and the cockpits to stop debris from coming in through the back.
I was on the edge of my seat hoping and praying the same didn't happen to him. I don't know if there is a device that can limit that kind of impact to a drivers head, but it should be looked into. In my opinion at least. I know the cockpit sides are padded, but there has to be a device limiting that kind of movement.
Sorry for the long post.