Safety expert Gramling leaves FIA role

Hubert Gramling, one of the key forces behind F1 safety improvements in recent years, has left his role at the FIA Institute – the organisation responsible for research.

The German worked closely with the late Prof Sid Watkins, Charlie Whiting and his fellow safety expert Andy Mellor, and hitherto held the title of research consultant.

He initially worked for Daimler, before focussing on motor sport safety from 1996.

The FIA’s own website emphasises what a key role he has played since then: “By 2002, he was a member of the FIA Institute’s open cockpit research Group, closed cockpit research Group and Karting research Group. Since 2003, Gramling has worked on a variety of projects, including Hans devices and airbags for Formula one; high-speed barriers; advanced racing seats for closed cars; energy-absorbing wheel tethers; and studies on the mechanisms of car launching due to wheel contact.”

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