F1 cars to be fitted with high-speed cameras from 2016 to aid accident analysis and investigations

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Formula 1 cars will be fitted with new, high-speed cameras that are designed to aid accident analysis and investigations from 2016.

In a document outlining the tweaks that will be made to the F1 sporting regulations for the 2016 season, the FIA confirmed that it would be introducing the cameras following the F1 Commission’s meeting in Geneva last week.

“For the purpose of accident analysis, each car must be fitted with a high-speed camera which has been manufactured by the FIA designated supplier to a specification determined by the FIA,” the document reads.

“This should be fitted to the car during each Event and all tests which are attended by more than one team, teams must use their best endeavours to ensure that it is in working order at all times. The camera must be fitted in accordance with the instructions of the FIA.”

Currently, teams do not have to fit cameras like this on their cars for testing. This proved to be particularly troublesome when Fernando Alonso was hospitalized following a hefty crash in Spain last week, with the only available video being that of a spectator.

The FIA also confirmed that drivers would have to wear in-ear accelerometers to aid investigations in the event of an accident.

“For the purpose of accident analysis, each driver must wear in-ear accelerometers which have been manufactured by the FIA designated supplier to a specification determined by the FIA,” the document reads.

“These should be worn by the driver during each Event and all tests which are attended by more than one team, teams must use their best endeavours to ensure that they are in working order at all times.”

Following Jules Bianchi’s tragic accident at last year’s Japanese Grand Prix, there has been a focus on safety standards and investigations within Formula 1. The fitting of cameras should allow the teams and the FIA to get a better understanding of what happened in the event of a crash.

Further to this, the FIA has added a regulation for 2015 that gives the clerk of the course more power in imposing a red flag during a race.

“If competitors or officials are placed in immediate physical danger by cars running on the track, and the clerk of the course deems circumstances are such that the track cannot be negotiated safely, even behind the safety car, the race will be suspended,” the appendix reads.

Safety standards in Formula 1 are very high, but steps can always be taken to reduce the amount of risk and ensure that the drivers are not put at risk.

Although these steps may only be minor, they will certainly help the sport to learn from incidents and ensure that repeats can be avoided in the future.

IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

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IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.