Carlos Sainz flew off the track hard during the second free practice on Saturday of the Italian Grand Prix. The Spaniard’s Ferrari car sustained considerable damage, but it was clearly visible how Sainz’s neck was moving considerably. This should not be possible with the use of the HANS system.
F1 race director Michael Masi has confirmed to Fpal, among others, that the FIA will investigate the crash of Carlos Sainz. The Ferrari driver crashed hard off the track at Monza in the fast Variante Ascari. In the images of the crash, it appeared that the HANS system, the system that is supposed to protect the driver’s neck, was not properly secured. Sainz denied that this was the case, but the FIA will still investigate the crash to see if they can learn anything from the crash.
“I honestly think the straps were too tight,” Masi begins his explanation to this website, among others. “There is a person in the car, so you always have to have some slack. You can’t completely secure someone in the car, you always have to give a driver some space. That’s why we are going to investigate whether the straps were too tight , as we always do after a hard crash. From the investigation we can see if we should do things differently in the future.”
“We will therefore have to wait and see what the investigation shows to be able to conclude exactly what happened during the crash. We will therefore always continue to investigate every serious crash so that we can learn something from the incident. Perhaps Sainz’s crash didn’t seem like it.” tough, but it was, so there’s always something to learn from a crash, whether it’s the halo, the car design, the material, whatever. We’ll always be on top of it “, said Masi’s words.
Fortunately, Sainz escaped unscathed and was able to continue his race weekend in Italy. The Ferrari driver eventually finished the race in sixth place.