Formula One need to consider adopting a travelling safety team like the AMR Safety Team that travel to each NTT IndyCar Series race.
The AMR Safety Team are unique as they are a team of trained paramedics and firefighters who travel to each race and when there is an accident on track the team know each driver who may have been involved in the accident so the driver can be confident in the fact that the team dealing with the accident know who they are.
In Formula One however, all of the trackside marshals are volunteers from local racing clubs who sign up to volunteer at Grand Prix and although the Safety Car driver and Dr Ian Roberts travel to each race and are ready to go at a moments notice they are parked in the pit-lane which means that their response time can be more which will have an impact on how the driver is treated at the scene.
For example in the recent Sakhir Grand Prix at the Bahrain International Circuit, the medical car was on the scene within 20-30 seconds as the accident happened during the opening lap of the race which meant that the medical car was returning to the pit-lane when it came across the accident. in fact, Dr Roberts was first on the scene with a fire extinguisher.
In the NTT IndyCar Series however, the AMR Safety team are on the scene within 5 to 10 seconds of the car coming to a stop. In many circumstances the AMR Safety Team can be on scene even before a car comes to a stop following a crash.
When it comes to extracting a driver from the car, the AMR Safety Team have all the tools they need, such a spreaders which enables them to cut the car open if they need quick access to the driver however this is not something that is available to Formula One.
Former Haas F1 Team driver Romain Grosjean’s crash in Bahrain was an eye opener for Formula One and an investigation is underway into what happened and why the Frenchman’s car was cut in half.
Speaking to Paddock Eye on Saturday night, former Formula One and IndyCar Series driver Derek Daly says that Formula One can learn a lot from what the NTT IndyCar Series has done in terms of bringing in safety innovations such as the Tech Pro barrier which is now used universally throughout motorsport.