International Automobile Federation (FIA) safety director
Laurent Mekies wrote to the teams ahead of Sunday's Monaco Grand
Prix seeking modifications to the points at which jacks are
engaged to raise the back of cars at pitstops.
"Following several front-to-rear incidents over the past months
in various single-seater categories, the FIA would like all F1
teams to ensure that their rear jacking point designs cannot act
aggressively during such an incident," he wrote.
"Considering the strength, shape and position of the jacking
points, they may become one of the initial points of contact in
a crash with another car and alter the performance of the crash
structure of the other car.
"The use of aggressive designs will not be permitted from the
Monaco GP onwards."
Details of the note were published on the motorsport.com
An FIA spokesman confirmed teams had been written to, without
the details being issued to media by the governing body, with a
technical meeting scheduled for Friday in the Mediterranean
Motorsport said some teams had designs that were deemed safe but
others made revisions to ensure the jack points were no longer
the first point of contact if a car ran into the back of
Monger, 17, had his lower legs amputated after his car smashed
into the back of another stationary on track at Britain's
Donington Park circuit last month.
Monaco, although the slowest circuit on the track, has several
corners that are taken blind with the risk of hitting stationary
cars, although the flag marshals are famed for their skill in
warning of hazards and clearing debris.
The harbourside street circuit saw fatal accidents in the 1960s
and remains one of the trickiest, with cars skimming the metal
barriers and speeding from darkness into the sunlight through a
(Editing by John O'Brien)
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