5th Jul 12, 10:32 #21
Firstly let's hope that Maria makes a full and swift recovery, it's bad enough to have lost an eye but it seems the accident could have been a lot worse.
From the photograph of the incident it seems astonishing that the team would have left the tail lift at head height in a working area. I agree it's not healthy at this stage to speculate on whether it was car failure or driver error - it's clearly a freak accident - but simple common sense should have told the team that this was a terrible idea.
It's easy and fashionable to mock the "health and safety culture" which pervades our lives, but it's precisely for these one-in-a-million events that such procedures exist.
Anyway, the important thing is that de Villota appears to be out of immediate danger.
5th Jul 12, 10:48 #22
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5th Jul 12, 11:30 #23Riccardo Patrese - 256GPs 1977-1993
5th Jul 12, 12:30 #24
Omg, losing an eye is absolutely frightening. Hopefully she can still live a painless normal life from now onwards.
5th Jul 12, 12:35 #25
It still amazes me that at GP's the safety car is at the end of the pitt lane often as cars exiting the pitts, could easily collide. The safety car should be hind a barrier. A car has hit a truck in the BTCC before and the truck should not have been there. In this case I think at tests like these the truck should be unloaded and moved to somewhere of less danger. From that photo it looked like a really bad crash, hope she recovers?
As for a canopy, i agree a canopy may have caused more injury. Often pilots are injured by hitting the canopy when they eject.Indy cars says bye to Sky. Yeah baby.......
5th Jul 12, 15:04 #26
I am hugely saddened by the news
I hope her eye will be the only casualty of her body
5th Jul 12, 15:27 #27
Having said that, I'm really sorry to hear Maria lost her eye, but grateful she is alive and stable. Here is to hoping for a quick recovery, physically and psychologically.Those who believe in telekinetics raise my hand.
5th Jul 12, 18:06 #28
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How on earth could that have happened? Just boggles them mind.
That she has lost an eye is obviously a tragedy, hopefully she will make a recovery as good as the situation allows."signature room for rent"
5th Jul 12, 23:57 #29
It is possible that with the ramp being at that height, and edge one, it may not have been visible to her.
Edge on, the ramp is pretty thin.
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6th Jul 12, 02:50 #32
Looking at that pic I'm not sure that what she hit was a lift gate of the type used to put cars on the top of the truck. If you look you can see swing out doors. Trucks with lift gates don't have swing out doors (at least not the ones that I have seen in the US). I'm thinking that was a "normal" cargo truck, one with the floor about 4 feet up or so. And it had a stationary aluminum ramp from the floor to the ground, sticking out about 7-8 feet past the back of the truck. The car then hit somewhere in the middle such that the nose went under the ramp. Then as it kept going forward, the nose funneled the ramp right at her.
At least that's how I interpret the picture, but I could be wrong.
I hope she makes as full a recovery as she can after loosing an eye. My prayers go out to her.
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6th Jul 12, 08:33 #34
A sad day for Maria and motorsport in general. My thoughts are with here.
Shall go driving a couple of miles today again, I´m very scared!
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6th Jul 12, 15:28 #37
Horrible accident, obviously they need to look at what is near the cars when they can move under their own steam. To me the talk about the ramp is irrelevant, most of an F1 car would easily fit under the back or side of a truck trailer, if the ramp had not been their the consequences could easily have been as bad or worse
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6th Jul 12, 21:38 #38
Massa was a step from death, Surtees died, de Villota lost an eye and we have the F1 idiots asking for no actions, no doubt they are afraid that the 'sport' might be losing it's identity if they try to better protect the head of the drivers.
Funny how since Mosley is out the safety of races drivers seems to go nowhere better anymore, as everyone is interested only in the show.Michael Schumacher The Best Ever F1 Driver
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7th Jul 12, 04:54 #39
Maybe some day you'll grow up enough to realize that people aren't idiots just because they don't agree with your very opinionated view of a great many things.
Until then I suggest you take your idiot to the mirror, where you can find it easily every morning.
If you could actually follow along in an adult manner, you won't find anyone making comments that disregard the safety of any driver or crew member. When you have sudden unintended acceleration that possibilities for injury are very vast, and most likely it would be near impossible to foolproof conditions for such a freak accident.
I'm sure you might suggest that if the cars didn't have engines that sudden unintentional acceleration might not happen?
7th Jul 12, 12:49 #40
As we discussed at great length after Massa's accident, there are sensible safety precautions and there's wrapping drivers in cotton wool. It would be foolish to think you could ever completely eradicate risk from motorsport - or indeed any sport - but that doesn't mean that people don't care and it certainly doesn't mean that nothing is being done.