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Mosley urges further driver safety

ESPNF1 Staff
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Max Mosley has been widely acknowledged for his work in improving safety in Formula One during his time as FIA president © Getty Images

Former FIA president Max Mosley says the governing body should look in to the possibility of cockpit canopies in Formula One, but that it "needs careful investigation".

Mosley was integral in improving Formula One safety following Ayrton Senna's death at Imola in 1994, and there has not been a fatality in the sport since. However, following the IndyCar crash that killed Dan Wheldon on Sunday, Mosley said that there are still dangers that need to be investigated by the FIA.

"You're always in danger, in an open cockpit, of objects striking the driver," Mosley told CNN. "It (the canopy) might also help if it's reinforced with another roll bar, in things like the Dan Wheldon accident. But that's something that needs careful investigation."

Mosley did admit that such a solution could have a number of downsides such as higher speeds, visibility problems and the time it could take to extricate the driver in an accident, but backed the technical working group to thoroughly assess the option.

"One of the troubles is that it would probably make the car quicker, which is just what we don't want. But there are other means of slowing them down... All of that will be looked at by a technical working group if it turns out the thing would protect the driver better. What I do know is we've got some very clever people, looking full-time at these problems."