Zylon visor saved Chilton in Germany - report

The FIA made changes to the Formula One helmets adding a Zylon strip after Felipe Massa's 2009 crash. That safety change may have kept Max Chilton from severe injury at the Nurburgring.

Jul.10 (GMM) Max Chilton can thank the FIA's latest safety standards after returning home uninjured from the German Grand Prix.

Max Chilton, Marussia F1 Team MR02
Max Chilton, Marussia F1 Team MR02

Photo by: XPB Images

That is the claim of the German-language Speed Week, who reported that F1 race director Charlie Whiting took possession of the Marussia rookie's damaged Arai helmet after the weekend's action at the Nurburgring.

It is reported that, following the track worker's death in Canada and the injuries to the FOM cameraman in Germany, Chilton was lucky to escape without an injury last weekend.

Whiting will reportedly send the British driver's helmet to be analysed by the FIA Institute, after debris flicked up by another car - probably a pebble - struck the new bullet-proof Zylon strip that runs above the drivers' visor.

The Zylon strip was introduced following the near-fatal injuries to Felipe Massa in 2009, when the Brazilian was struck on the face with a spring in Hungary.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Felipe Massa , Max Chilton
Article type Breaking news
Tags bullet-proof, chilton, crash, fia, german gp, helmet, hungary, marussia, massa, nurburgring, testing, whiting, zylon