Mosley dismisses HANS insurance concerns

Max Mosley is standing firm on the FIA's decision to make the Head And Neck Support (HANS) compulsory for the 2003 F1 championship. Many drivers, notably Jacques Villeneuve and Sauber's Nick Heidfeld and Heinz-Harald Frentzen have expressed...

Max Mosley is standing firm on the FIA's decision to make the Head And Neck Support (HANS) compulsory for the 2003 F1 championship. Many drivers, notably Jacques Villeneuve and Sauber's Nick Heidfeld and Heinz-Harald Frentzen have expressed concern about how uncomfortable HANS is but Mosley said no-one will leave the pit lane without it.

It was recently suggested that there were insurance problems relating to the device but Mosley dismissed that as unfounded: "The insurance issue is a complete red herring and is something that drivers have to sort out with their helmet manufacturers and their insurance companies," he said.

"Our position is very simple, you don't have to wear a HANS device, but you won't leave the pitlane in Melbourne unless you're wearing one."

The HANS system is already commonplace in other racing series, such as CART and DTM but F1 has so far been resistant to the idea. The problems seem to be discomfort from pressure on the collarbones and restricted head movements. The system is allowed to be adapted to individual drivers as long as any changes are approved by the FIA and most drivers have resigned themselves to simply having to get used to it.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jacques Villeneuve , Nick Heidfeld
Teams Sauber