Inside Motorsports Vol. 1 2018/Q1 - Part I - Page 9

1970's: F1 becomes r eal l y danger ous "Deat hf act or y" I n t he '70s, F1 went t hr ough a massi ve r evol ut i on: f ast er car s, t hanks t o t he aer odynami c devel opment s, sl i ck t i r es f or bet t er mechani cal gr i p, sponsor s ever ywher e, and t el evi sed Gr and Pr i x weekends. Unf or t unat el y saf et y was st i l l wel l behi nd, and dr i ver s st ar t ed t o speak up: Jacki e St ewar t , Ni ki Lauda, Emer son Fi t t i pal di bot h f ought f or bet t er saf et y. Thanks t o t hem, saf et y bar r i er s, medi cal f aci l i t i es got i nt r oduced on t he ci r cui t s. Car s wer e st i l l r eal l y danger ous, but some devel opment was done: r ai sed chassi s behi nd t he dr i ver s head, t o pr ot ect t hei r head, and seat bel t became mandat or y i n ever y car ! Fr ancoi s Cever t 's deat h on t he ot her hand showed, how f ar F1 i s st i l l f r om bei ng saf e. He hi t t he bar r i er so badl y, t hat he di ed i nst ant l y due t o head i nj ur i es...