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Cockpit Safety Improved for 2008 In Light Of Accidents

Cockpit safety is to be improved for the 2008 season following some accidents, most prolifically the one in Australia at the start of the season.

In the crash mentioned above, David Coulthard’s Red Bull was launched across the top of Alexander Wurz’s Williams, just centimeters away from the Austrian’s head.

Coulthard said in the immediate aftermath of the incident: “Inevitably in these situations it is when it is brought home how easy it would be to have a serious incident, then it moves up the importance list.

“When I spoke to Patrick Head after the event, he suggested it was a couple of years away before they might look at doing something.

“But maybe now it could be possible to have an improved cockpit protection for next season already, so this is something to be discussed and agreed and we, as the GPDA , can only encourage them to do that and see what the result is.”

It is likely that rules will be implemented to raise the sides of the cockpit even more.

GPDA director Mark Webber told autosport.com: “It will be great for us. If you look at someone like Tonio Liuzzi, he is not getting the support that he needs, and I am borderline as well. There are a few guys that don’t get the protection.

“Both the guys involved in that nasty accident in Australia, Alex and David, were the two guys pushing it very hard. David obviously felt something had to be done after sliding across the car, and Alex felt the same after having an F1 car pass his visor.”

More safety is good, especially if it prevents people getting hurt.

Alexander Wurz, David Coulthard

Alexander Wurz, David Coulthard

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