F1 asks circuits to upgrade safety for faster cars in 2017


The governing body for Formula One racing is writing to every circuit on its calendar advising them of specific measures that need to be carried out for safety for the coming year. Faster cars are expected to make it to the circuit in the coming year and higher cornering speeds could be a safety worry for the drivers.

According to a report by Reuters, the cars for 2017 specification are expected to be three to four seconds a lap quicker than last year’s with more corners taken flat out following regulation changes that include much bigger tyres.

“Every single team has been asked to provide simulations for their 2017 cars,” Laurent Mekies, safety director for the governing International Automobile Federation (FIA), was quoted as saying.

According to Mekies, Melbourne, which hosts the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on March 26, had done what was required by putting up additional safety barriers at turn 12 in place of tyre walls. The season has 20 races, ending with the final race at Abu Dhabi on November 26.

Formula One has had a tumultuous 2016 as Bernie Ecclestone, who managed and controlled the rights for F1, decided to sell out to Liberty Media. F1 had to accept that Far East Asia will completely drop off the map beginning 2018 as Malaysia and Singapore, the only night race on its calendar, have decided to pull out. One of its biggest stars, Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg, decided to announce his retirement on the day he collected the trophy for the first drivers’ world championships.