Safety Developments that were brought in only last year appear to have saved Marussia’s Max Chilton from a serious injury at the German Grand Prix last weekend.
It’s amid a string of Safety concerns following the death of a marshall at the Canadian Grand Prix and the injury of an FOM cameraman who was hit by a loose wheel in the pitlane during the German round.
Speed Week reports that a small object was flicked up from another car and hit the Briton just above the visor on Friday. The damaged helmet was subsequently taken by race director Charlie Whiting and will be sent to the FIA institute for inspection.
The Zylon strip running along the weak point at the top of the visor was the part to be struck by the object, most probably a stone or something similar. The strip was introduced to the sport following the serious injuries suffered by Ferrari’s Felipe Massa in 2009 when a spring hit him full force at the top of the visor.