Formula One considering automatic speed limits

Fri Oct 10, 2014 1:31pm EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

SOCHI Russia (Reuters) - Formula One is planning to impose automatic speed limits as part of safety measures to prevent any recurrence of the sort of accident that has left French driver Jules Bianchi fighting for his life in Japan.

Race director Charlie Whiting told reporters at the Russian Grand Prix that he would meet teams on Saturday to discuss the proposals.

They included fitting 'skirts' to recovery vehicles, the cranes and tractors used to remove stricken cars, to protect against the type of impact suffered by Bianchi when he crashed into one at Suzuka last Sunday.

The 25-year-old Marussia driver remains in a critical but stable condition in hospital after surgery for a severe brain injury.

Whiting showed footage of the crash to reporters at a lengthy briefing conducted with International Automobile Federation (FIA) president Jean Todt and Formula One medical officers.

The images showed marshals waving double yellow flags, the most extreme measure before a safety car is introduced, after Adrian Sutil had crashed his Sauber a lap before Bianchi lost control at the same place on the wet track.

Waved yellow flags mean a driver must slow and be prepared to stop if necessary.

Whiting said Bianchi had slowed as required, without divulging by how much, and indicated some had shed less speed than others.   Continued...