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FIA to investigate detachment of Magnussen’s headrest

The FIA is to investigate the damage caused to Kevin Magnussen’s cockpit headrest in his Belgian Grand Prix crash, as part of its ongoing quest to improve safety.

FIA to investigate detachment of Magnussen’s headrest
Kevin Magnussen, Renault Sport F1 Team
Jolyon Palmer, Renault Sport F1 Team RS16 leads Kevin Magnussen, Renault Sport F1 Team RS16
Kevin Magnussen, Renault Sport F1 Team RS16
Kevin Magnussen, Renault Sport F1 Team RS16

TV replays showed the foam headrest being ejected from the car after the Dane hit the barrier at the top of Eau Rouge, with what was logged as a 42G impact.

As is regular procedure after a heavy crash, the FIA has retained both the headrest and Magnussen’s helmet for further research.

Although he suffered only a minor ankle injury – proving the car’s safety systems did their job – the governing body is keen to learn from what happened.

According to the FIA technical regulations, the headrest is "located by two horizontal pegs behind the driver's head and two quick release fixings, which are clearly indicated and easily removable without tools, at the front corners."

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