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FIA, F1 set for security discussions after Brazil incidents

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The security incidents that popped up repeatedly for teams during last weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix has prompted the FIA and Formula 1 to discuss them in further detail at the next meeting of the World Motor Sport Council, which will be held on December 6.

Mercedes, Sauber and Pirelli personnel were all at risk at various points during the weekend, and a Pirelli tire test scheduled after it with McLaren was jointly scrapped on account of the security concerns.

The Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo is unique on the Formula 1 calendar with its short lap distance, compromise between high speed straights and tight middle infield and significant elevation changes. But as it sits in the middle of a city where there’s a gap in income between the visiting F1 teams and personnel and many of the locals, it’s often become a hotbed for concerning issues.

The FIA released this statement on Wednesday as a result of the weekend proceedings:

The FIA has requested that reports be collated by the Commercial Rights Holder (Formula 1) concerning the incidents and presented to the members of the World Motor Sport Council at its next meeting on 6 December.

In the continued spirit of positive collaboration with Formula 1, the Council will then discuss the ways in which a more consistent and effective security procedure can be applied at all events of the FIA Formula One World Championship. The findings will also be shared with other FIA championship organisers to maximise the positive impact this can have across all motor sport.

Security is a cooperative effort, and the FIA will seek to work closely with Formula 1 and all its stakeholders to maintain a safe environment for everyone working at or visiting Formula 1 events.

Alex Zanardi showing signs of interaction three months after crash

Alex Zanardi recovery
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MILAN — Italian racing driver turned Paralympic gold medalist Alex Zanardi has started responding to treatment with signs of interaction, more than three months after he was seriously injured in a handbike crash.

Zanardi has spent most of that time in intensive care after crashing into an oncoming truck during a relay event near the Tuscan town of Pienza on June 19.

“For several days now. Alex Zanardi has undergone cognitive and motor rehabilitation sessions, with the administration of visual and acoustic stimuli, to which the patient responds with momentary and initial signs of interaction,” the San Raffaele hospital in Milan said in a statement Thursday.

The hospital said that is “significant progress” but added that his condition remains serious, and that it would be “absolutely premature” to make a long-term prognosis.

Zanardi, 53, suffered serious facial and cranial trauma in the crash and was put in a medically induced coma. Doctors have warned of possible brain damage.

He was operated on several times to stabilize him and reconstruct his severely damaged face and the Milan hospital added that he recently had undergone another surgery to reconstruct his skull and would have another one in the coming weeks.

Zanardi lost both of his legs in an auto racing crash nearly 20 years ago. He won four gold medals and two silvers at the 2012 and 2016 Paralympics. He also competed in the New York City Marathon and set an Ironman record in his class.