Should Closed Cockpits Be Considered After Another Formula One Accident?

Formula One Closed Cockpits?With Jules Bianchi in critical condition after a horrific accident at the 2014 Formula One Suzuka Grand Prix in Japan, drivers, concerned citizens and officials are clamoring for improvement of safety protocols. Many have voice their concern and want the popular race to consider redesigning the Formula One car itself. What do you think?


Safety is of primary concern in Formula One. Cars can reach speeds of 240mph depending on the track. The majority of the fatalities have been from head injuries, often attributed to the iconic open cockpits of the cars. Open cockpits have been used since the first world championship race in 1950. Following yet another horrific accident, is it time they reconsider the design for enhanced safety of their drivers?

Fernando Alonso was quoted saying "I probably tend to agree to at least check and try or test the idea." Alonso, narrowly escaped an accident involving his Ferrari. In the 2012 Belgian Grand Prix, fellow competitor Romain Grojean of Lotus, came flying in front of him, narrowly missing Alonso's head by a few feet.

The head is the Formula One driver's most exposed part and is the most vulnerable. While many have suffered permanent injury, the last death in Formula One was on May 1, 1994 when driver, Ayrton Senna, crashed his car in the San Marino Grand Prix. It's very ironic, because Senna was leading the way in pleading for the safety of race car drivers after a fellow driver died, the day before he took his own last breath. Formula One lost a great driver before realizing it needed to overhaul its safety measures.

Now, Jules Bianchi is in critical condition and the world is hoping for his immediate recovery. Do formula One officials need any more fatalities to finally change their mind about open cockpits? Formula One already have so many strict safety designs enforced in the cockpit designs, should an enclosed one now be pursued?

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