Positive first test for new racing gloves developed after Grosjean crash · RaceFans

The primary real-world check of recent gloves designed to enhance fireplace safety for Components 1 drivers yielded optimistic outcomes final weekend.

5 F1 drivers examined the gloves which have been developed following Romain Grosjean’s crash in Bahrain final yr, wherein he suffered burns to his fingers.

The gloves have been developed with a number of suppliers of protecting race gear and trialled throughout Friday’s observe periods on the Turkish Grand Prix.

“On account of Romain’s incident, it was an space we began engaged on instantly,” stated FIA F1 race director Michael Masi. “We recognized in a short time that was an space that might be improved, along with the producers.”

The check recognized minor areas of potential enchancment for the brand new glove designs, stated Masi.

“The preliminary suggestions from the drivers is all good. There’s a few little fine-tuning parts with a few the manufacturers, however nothing insurmountable from that finish. So we’re very grateful to the drivers and the groups concerned to truly run them and it reveals that we’re attempting to extend these ranges of safety as a lot as doable.”

The gloves are designed to cut back warmth switch to a drivers’ pores and skin when uncovered to direct warmth. They’re supposed to supply round one-and-a-half seconds of additional safety in comparison with the earlier design.

Ricciardo was one of many drivers who examined the gloves

“It sounds minimal,” stated Masi, “however as we’ve seen in these sorts of eventualities, each tenth of a second, millisecond counts.”

The elevated safety have to be achieved whereas sustaining the dexterity required to function the various buttons, switches and dials on advanced Components 1 steering wheels.

“We are able to’t utterly change that aspect of it as a result of they’ve acquired to have that degree of feeling, notably with one thing like their gloves with every little thing that they must function,” stated Masi. “In order that’s why now we have this sensible check to get their suggestions in a real-life scenario.”

Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Carlos Sainz, Daniel Ricciardo and George Russell have been the drivers who participated. Mercedes and Ferrari are equipped with driver protecting gear by Puma, McLaren by Sparco, Aston Martin by Alpinestars and Williams by OMP.

The FIA’s head of competitor and street person security Nuno Costa oversaw the undertaking and monitored the trial in Istanbul final weekend. Afterwards Ricciardo stated he couldn’t inform a distinction between the prototype gloves and his ordinary ones.

“I knew that I used to be going to make use of them however after the very fact, I didn’t know I used them,” Ricciardo stated. “So I’m attempting to say that’s a great factor – I didn’t discover the distinction.

“However I’m not very fussy with my package and stuff, so I’m not that specific. However [it was] utterly tremendous for me. It’s a pleasant addition with none draw back, actually.”

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