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FIA to help with Wheldon investigation

ESPNF1 Staff
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The world motorsport governing body has helped ensure there has been no driver fatalities in Formula One for 17 years © Sutton Images

The FIA will assist IndyCar in the investigation in to the crash that claimed the life of Dan Wheldon.

A full investigation is to take place in to the multiple car incident which occurred at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday. With the FIA having overseen improved safety in Formula One since Ayrton Senna's death in 1994, IndyCar has asked for its assistance, as well as the help of another US organisation, the Automobile Competition Committee of the United States (ACCUS).

"We hope to have preliminary findings to report within the next several weeks," an IndyCar statement said. "In the meantime, it would be inappropriate to comment further until the investigative team has had the opportunity to conclude its work."

Any findings could impact on Formula One, with the dangers of open cockpits highlighted in 2009 when Felipe Massa suffered serious injury after being struck by a loose spring from another car during qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix. Former FIA president Max Mosley has since called for the possibility of cockpit canopies to be investigated.