FIA Safety News and Fisichella says there are cheats

Fisichella says there are still cheats in F1 Following on from Max Mosley's controversy raising speech last week, Giancarlo Fisichella has said he believes that there are still cheats in F1. He was speaking on Italian radio this week....

Fisichella says there are still cheats in F1

Following on from Max Mosley's controversy raising speech last week, Giancarlo Fisichella has said he believes that there are still cheats in F1. He was speaking on Italian radio this week. "Electronics in Formula One? The important thing is for everyone to be on the same level. Unfortunately, someone is still cheating." He refused to say who.

"The FIA will now be able to look at the telemetry from the cars. So now we'll find out whether the control is actually coming from the driver - or from something else."

Jarno Trulli appears to back him up as well. "The rich have so far had an advantage - and with the sly use of technology, there has always been something to be gained. But whoever's been cunning up to now will have to take a step back. The speed limiter is going to be abolished at Silverstone, along with other electronic solutions. We are the ones who will have to control the car, and it will be more difficult to handle the engine."

Max Mosley has said that "It is totally unacceptable that certain teams - those that are not strictly observing the rules - should be allowed to have an advantage over their rivals."

FIA introduces new safety system

The FIA introduced a new safety system to F1 cars at the weekend - HANS. HANS is the "Head and Neck Support", and has been in development by Mercedes-Benz, McLaren International, and the FIA for three years. It is a rigid colar that is held in place by seat belts and to the helmet by tethers.

Max Mosley said "This is a major step forward in the search to introduce ever improved safety standards in Formula One". It will be madatory in F1 from January 2001.

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Stephen M Baines http://www.motorsport.org.uk

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Giancarlo Fisichella , Jarno Trulli
Teams Mercedes , McLaren