HANS compulsory from 2003

In the FIA World Sport's Council meeting in Paris yesterday it was decided that HANS (Head and Neck Support) will be compulsory in Formula One from January 1st 2003. HANS is already widely used in America and is compulsory in other racing series...

In the FIA World Sport's Council meeting in Paris yesterday it was decided that HANS (Head and Neck Support) will be compulsory in Formula One from January 1st 2003. HANS is already widely used in America and is compulsory in other racing series such as DTM, the German touring car masters.

Some F1 drivers, such as Sauber's Felipe Massa, have been trying out the HANS system this year but there have been arguments against it. The device is designed to stabilize the driver's head and neck and is fixed to the rear of the cockpit. It has been argued that it could be more dangerous if not precisely fixed and is awkward to wear.

The FIA worked with Mercedes-Benz to develop the system for F1 and its designer, Dr Robert Hubbard, considers it a very efficient protection device. Massa and other drivers such as David Coulthard and Ralf Schumacher, who have tested HANS, believe it is a significant step in F1 safety.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Ralf Schumacher , David Coulthard , Felipe Massa
Teams Mercedes , Sauber