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OTD Lite: 1939 – Birth of Grand Prix winner and Revlon heir
Elio De Angelis was killed in a testing accident at Paul Ricard in 1986. During the following Grand Prix weekend – Ayrton Senna gave a tribute to his former team-mate stating that Elio was a gentleman and that he raced for the love of the sport and not because of monetary gain like many. Elio, like Senna, came from a very wealthy and privileged background and as stated had no need to compete in this dangerous sport.
Today marks the birth date of Peter Revson, a native New Yorker who reportedly inherited a $1billion fortune from his fathers share of the family Revlon business. When your life includes being surrounded by stunning models – cars, jets and homes that would grace the pages of any magazine and the possibility to choose any vocation in life – what is it that drives these individuals towards a sport that at the time had the propensity to prove fatal?
Revson started his F1 career in 1964 before pursuing different championship until he returned to F1 in 1972. In 1973 he won the British and Canadian Grand Prix before he suffered a fatal accident whilst testing at Kyalami in 1974. It is at times where the fragility of human life is exposed for all to see – that we possibly begin to understand that it’s not money that buys you happiness but tapping in to your soul.
Neurosurgeon speculates on Alonso’s injuries
Over the last few days an inordinate amount of speculation has been voiced in regards Fernando Alonso’s hospitalisation following his accident during testing.
With statements from Mclaren seemingly contradicting themselves and no official word from Alonso’s management other than short snippets of memories – it has opened up the proverbial can of worms.
Omnicorse.it conducted an interview with Dr Nicola Acciari, a neurosurgeon from the Bellaria Hospital in Bologna who has formally helped the publication with articles in relation to the injuries suffered by Michael Schumacher and Jules Bianchi respectively.
“The accident may not have looked particularly dramatic but the FIA warning light registering an impact exceeding 15G tells us that the impact was violent and the sharp deceleration resulted in an abrupt movement of the head and neck.”
” Of course we do not know in which direction Alonso was looking or if he maintained his head facing in that direction and it’s impossible to state whether he had tensed his muscles before the impact. But don’t forget the deceleration of the head is magnified by the weight of the helmet itself. It’s also likely that the Hans device in this particular accident was less effective than in a frontal accident.”
“The angle of impact could have caused an intracranial cerebral concussion as the brain stem and spinal cord were stretched. His anxious state following the accident would support this. This type of injury would be sufficient to cause a state of wonderment with headaches and nausea.”
“As to his complaints of back pain it is possible due to the stretching and angle of the spine. As the drivers shoulders are fixed so securely the neck and head are still able to move and despite there being side protection there would still be the inertia to contain.”
“If i was the physician giving guidance to Alonso, I would suggest avoiding testing because the effect of these injuries will still be felt for some days from now. He should have further tests in 10 to 15 days time and only then can a decision be taken. The other thing to consider is that after 30 all people will begin to degenerate physiologically. I still remember seeing Nelson Piquets cervical radiograph after his accident whilst testing for the 1987 San Marino Grand Prix – and it wasn’t that of a young healthy man..”
Mercedes curtail running over minor MGU-K problem
It is unlikely that the troubled engineers of the Mclaren-Honda team took much solace from the brief pains felt by the Mercedes team as the Brackley operation encountered problems with their own MGU-K forcing the Silver Arrows to stop their running today.
Yet World Champion Lewis Hamilton was philosophical about what could be a chink in the armour of the title favourites.
“I feel much better this week. I have much more energy. Obviously we would have liked to run more today especially when the sun came out but you get days like this. It’s better to have problems now and have the time to solve them here than have them in the first race.”
Ominously Hammy confirmed what many suspect, “I had a positive feeling in the car and the tyres appear to be working properly. Now it is important that I use the last day to make final preparations for Melbourne.”
Williams looking to mount challenge to Mercedes team
With the teams arriving for the final test with updated parts in preparation for the start of the season – the realistic view is that unless you are furnished with a Mercedes power unit – the chances of success this year are poor.
With the Force India and Lotus concerns being in a precarious position financially – it is left to Williams to mount a possible challenge to the reigning champions.
On soft compound tyres, Felipe Massa recorded a time of 1’23 “500 but the FW37 proved fast on the medium compound also. Updates had been fitted to the car and once again it ran faultlessly.
The former Ferrari driver spoke about his day: “It ‘s been a good day for us and the car felt good. When we decided to use the new soft tires we were able to go a bit faster. In addition, the FW37 has never shown a minimum problem and this is true since the first test in Jerez. We are working a lot and it seems that we have taken a step forward.”
Rod Nelson also explained: “The program has been slightly modified due to the rain which arrived this morning, but we have intensified the work in the afternoon. We were able to complete what we had planned and we made some positive changes to the chassis, as well as some aerodynamic adjustments. Now we evaluating the package for Australia to make sure we are ready”
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