The FIA security department, chaired by Professor Gérard Saillant, has completed the investigations launched following the incident in Spa-Francorchamps last August 31, during the second lap of the Formula 2 Feature Race which led to the tragic disappearance of Anthoine Hubert and the terrible injury to the lower limbs of Juan Manuel Correa.
The work followed several points, from listening to the people directly involved to the detailed analysis of the available video material and the data (radio and telemetry) made available by the teams of the four cars involved, those of Hubert, Correa, Alesi and Boschung . The final report, released today, sought to carefully summarize the sequence of events that led to the accident, including the response times of the marshals on the runway and medical officials.
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The outcome of the report
A chain of events – lasting 14.6 seconds and triggered by the loss of directionality by Alesi’s Trident due to a drop in pressure on its right rear tire – it caused a long and complex sequence of accidents involving four drivers, ultimately leading to a “T- type” impact Bone ”at high speed between the cars of Juan Manuel Correa and Anthoine Hubert.
The dynamics of the impact in terms of speed and trajectory were such as to transfer and dissipate an extremely high level of energy, which led to the death of Anthoine Hubert and very serious injuries to Juan Manuel Correa. The American driver hit the left side of the Frenchman’s car at an angle of about 86 degrees and at one speed of 218 km / h, while the latter was practically stationary with an equivalent peak force between 65.1g and 81.8g. Immediately thereafter, Arden # 19 was accelerated to 105.4 km / h and hit the barrier a second time before bouncing towards the center of the track.
There is not a single specific cause, but multiple factors have been identified that determined the seriousness of the accident. The investigation did not find evidence that one or more drivers did not react adequately in response to the yellow flag signal or the circumstances of the track. Also there reaction of the commissioners and the reporting and rescue services in connection with the accident was considered timely and valid.
There The first medical evaluation of Hubert’s condition took place 54 seconds after the red flag was displayed directly on the accident site. 16 seconds after the interruption of the race, a fire started on Correa’s car – caused by a fuel leak – extinguished by a track commissioner in about two seconds, allowing the first medical evaluation also on the conditions of the driver of Ecuadorian origins 69 seconds after the red flag. The first rescue team instead arrived at the accident site about two minutes after the impact.
“Improving safety is an ongoing process, therefore the conclusions drawn from this incident and others from around the world will be integrated into the ongoing work carried out by the FIA to further develop the safety of motor sports” concludes the official document.