Jaguar's Harris happy with HANS

Jaguar Racing's physiologist, Nick Harris, is not worried that the controversial Head and Neck Support (HANS) device will hinder the drivers despite the bumpy nature of the Interlagos circuit. Several drivers have expressed their concerns ...

Jaguar Racing's physiologist, Nick Harris, is not worried that the controversial Head and Neck Support (HANS) device will hinder the drivers despite the bumpy nature of the Interlagos circuit.

Several drivers have expressed their concerns regarding the comfort of the device since the opening race of the season. Rubens Barrichello was given special dispensation to race without it in Malaysia but Minardi's Justin Wilson was forced to retire due to a loss of feeling in his arms - thought to be a cause of wearing the device.

"I would like to think that our programme is fairly comprehensive and the addition of the HANS device should not require us to change anything in this regard," Harris said.

"As the driver sweats and loses fluid, his dimensions change and the position of the HANS device could possibly cause fatigue. But it's just something you have to deal with and get used to."

Neither Mark Webber nor Antonio Pizzonia have reported any problems with using the device so far and Harris believes it's there for a good reason.

"It's there for a good reason, which is to prevent injury and so far both drivers have been fine with it," he added. "We're always looking at ways to evolve the device and we'll just have to see how Brazil goes."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Antonio Pizzonia , Rubens Barrichello , Mark Webber
Teams Minardi , Jaguar Racing