Modifications permitted for HANS

Modifications permitted for HANS

Although the Head and Neck Support (HANS) system will be mandatory in Formula One from 2003, some drivers have expressed concerns about the device. At the F1 Commission meeting on October 28th, the decision was taken that HANS may be adapted if ...

Although the Head and Neck Support (HANS) system will be mandatory in Formula One from 2003, some drivers have expressed concerns about the device. At the F1 Commission meeting on October 28th, the decision was taken that HANS may be adapted if individuals experience physical difficulty in fitting the system.

Nick Heidfeld and Felipe Massa.
Photo by Sauber Petronas.
HANS is mandatory in other racing series' and has been tried by various F1 drivers this year but concerns still remain. Sauber drivers Nick Heidfeld and Felipe Massa both tried the device at the Italian Grand Prix weekend: Massa has been a supporter since he tried HANS in testing but Heidfeld reportedly found it uncomfortable.

The system seems to present problems to those with shorter necks; to the extent that Jacques Villeneuve, for one, was concerned the device could in fact cause worse injury. With twenty-odd drivers of varying sizes to take into consideration, the Commission decided alterations would be acceptable: providing safety standards are still met.

"We also discussed the HANS system," said Max Mosley, president of the FIA. "Which is a big change for the drivers and we decided that everybody will have to wear the HANS system in 2003, but they can modify it if they have physical difficulty fitting it, provided the Safety Commission agree the modification."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jacques Villeneuve , Nick Heidfeld , Felipe Massa
Teams Sauber