Inside Motorsports Vol. 1 2018/Q1 - Part I - Page 22

Head and neck saf et y device (al ias HANS device) Al t hough t he devel opment of HANS st ar t ed back i n t he ear l y year s of 1980's by Dr . Rober t Hubbar d, t he f i r st usage of i t i n F1 was i n 2005 onl y. HANS i s a devi ce t hat f i xes t he dr i ver s' head and neck so i t 's not gonna move vi ol ent l y on t he i mpact of a cr ash, what coul d cause basi l ar skul l f r act ur e. Whi l e i t 's soundi ng danger ous, i t 's r eal l y ef f ect i ve: U shaped devi ce wi t h t et her s, an anchor poi nt and shoul der suppor t . Si nce i t 's debut i n 2005, HANS pr oved t o be usef ul i n many cr ashes and i t 's used i n many maj or r aci ng champi onshi ps: F1, I ndycar , Wor l d Endur ance Champi onshi p et c. Fun f act : t he f i r st HANS pr ot ot ype was r eady by 1985, i t was cr ash t est ed i n 1989, but unt i l t hat weekend i n 1994, i t was r ej ect ed by t he maj or r aci ng saf et y compani es. Af t er Rol and Rat zenber ger 's and Ayr t on Senna's deat h, t he need f or HANS got hi gh...