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Hamilton was not "lucky" insists Cranfield motorsport programme director

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18/09/2021

A senior lecturer at Cranfield University has dismissed talk of Lewis Hamilton being "lucky" in escaping unscathed from last week's accident at Monza, insisting that it was down "engineering and science".

Clive Temple, Motorsport MSc Programme Director and Senior Lecturer at the Advanced Vehicle Engineering Centre at Cranfield University, a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management, with over 50 years' experience in transport, including the aviation, automotive, motorsport, military and marine sectors, has spoken out over the Halo device following the crash during the Italian Grand Prix.

The Halo was tested extensively at Cranfield Impact Centre during its development, overseen by the FIA, prior to its adoption, and the issue of driver protection in motorsport has been investigated in a number of Motorsport MSc projects at Cranfield over the years.

"Hamilton was not lucky," says Temple, "it is a fact that engineering and science underpin all of this work which ensures drivers are safe. Safety is the primary concern in motorsport.

"The Halo was introduced in 2018 and proved its worth in that season when Charles Leclerc, who was then driving for Alfa Romeo, was protected from Alonso's flying McLaren. We also had the Grosjean fireball incident in November 2020 and again the Halo came to the fore there along with other safety measures such as the deformable nose cone protection, in-helmet safety system and the barrier, itself.

"It's been shown that the Halo is now one of the major safety devices that has served all drivers who are racing single seaters from F1 all the way through to Formula 4.

"As this crash has proven, the Halo is exceptionally strong and is integral to other safety critical elements within the car. Hamilton experiencing Verstappen's car coming on top is probably around the equivalent of close to a London double decker bus landing on top of the car.

"The current Halo is designed to withstand 100 kilonewtons - 10.2 tonnes - and a modern double decker is around 12 tonnes or so. 10.2 tonnes is also the equivalent of two African elephants landing on the race car. This is a very strong structure indeed.

"We're moving towards Halo 4 which will feature in the new season for the 2022 F1 cars. This will represent a further development of the Halo concept and an even stronger device."

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4. Posted by Spindoctor, 19/09/2021 10:10 (moderated by an Adminstrator, 20/09/2021 7:04)

"He's dead right Science, Technology & Engineering are how it is possible to design & make such safe cars.

I guess the "luck" involved comes from driving a car so much safer than the fragile devices driven by the heroes of earlier generations....
I wasn't a huge fan of the Max 'n Bernie show at FIA, but the work Max did, along with the input from drivers like Jackie Stewart started the development of the safety measures which are now saving drivers' lives."

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5. Posted by Superbird70, 18/09/2021 22:32

"Yup, neither were Grosjean, Verstappen or Norris."

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