Barrichello blames HANS for crash

Rubens Barrichello had an ignominious start to his 2003 season when he spun off on only the sixth lap of the Australian Grand Prix. The Brazilian has blamed a lapse in concentration on the HANS device, which has been a source of trouble for many...

Rubens Barrichello had an ignominious start to his 2003 season when he spun off on only the sixth lap of the Australian Grand Prix. The Brazilian has blamed a lapse in concentration on the HANS device, which has been a source of trouble for many drivers since it was made compulsory for this year.

"My concentration wasn't fixed on the track because the HANS device was sitting on my collarbone and hurting like hell," Barrichello, who went off at turn five, told the UK's Guardian newspaper.

Pressure on the collarbones has been a common complaint; Sauber's Nick Heidfeld had the same problem during winter testing, as did BAR's Jacques Villeneuve. There didn't seem to be many comments about HANS after the race last weekend, apart from Barrichello.

A new adaptation to HANS devised by David Coulthard, involving an extra strap which would help relieve pressure, is hoped to solve the problem of the device pressing uncomfortably on the drivers.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Rubens Barrichello , David Coulthard
Teams Sauber