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Changes in technical regulations and drivers’ safety in top-class motor sports
  1. G Lippi1,
  2. G L Salvagno1,
  3. M Franchini2,
  4. G C Guidi1
  1. 1
    Sezione di Chimica Clinica, University of Verona, Italy
  2. 2
    Servizio di Immunoematologia e Trasfusione, Azienda Ospedaliera di Verona, Italy
  1. Giuseppe Lippi, Sezione di Chimica Clinica, University of Verona, Italy; ulippi{at}


Motor racing is a dangerous sport and an inherently risky activity. The organisers of top-class motor sports championships, Formula One and MotoGP, have agreed on a set of regulations to reduce speed and improve safety over the last 10 years. These changes include limitations in weight, fuel and engine capacity. Nevertheless, there is evidence that most of the restrictions that have been introduced over the past 10 years have failed slow down vehicles, since the lap times have decreased almost linearly from 1995 to 2006 and drivers continue to die or to sustain serious injuries that keep them away from competition. Therefore, new and efficient measures should be adopted, such as lowering the cornering speed, having heavier and safer vehicles, having barriers surrounding the track to protect both spectators and competitors better, and having innovative clothing and protective devices to defend key anatomical structures while minimising the hindrance to the rider.

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  • Competing interests: None declared.

  • Abbreviations:
    Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile
    Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme