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10/28/11
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Brawn: F1 looking to learn from Wheldon tragedy
Formula 1 teams will be open-minded about adopting any safety improvements that can be made to the sport, if the investigation into Dan Wheldon's fatal crash highlights areas where steps forward can be made.

That is the view of Mercedes GP team principal Ross Brawn, who says that F1 teams are more than ready to listen if the Wheldon incident highlights areas of concern that are applicable for grand prix racing.

The FIA has stated that it is willing to offer any assistance it can in helping IndyCar with its analysis of the Las Vegas crash, and Brawn said he expected teams to be briefed over the next few weeks on the results of that work.

"The great thing about motor sport is that there is complete transparency on all of these matters between all the organizations, and we do always try and help each other," said Brawn.

"If we can learn anything or can contribute anything to events that happen, it is where motorsport always comes together. Certainly in my experience of F1, when there is an accident, every team contributes openly, constructively and objectively to try and find solutions - even if in some cases it may mean it compromises their competitive position. I've never known a team to not be willing to make the changes that have been needed even if it is a disadvantage for them.

"I know the FIA are talking to the IndyCar organization and we will get reports back soon. If there are things we can help with as teams, or as an organization, to learn what happened and improve our safety within F1, or indeed contribute to improving the safety of IndyCar, we will do it. It is the family of motorsport coming together."

Brawn said he was not qualified enough to comment on the circumstances of last weekend's Marco Simoncelli accident in MotoGP, but reckoned that it did not involve as many elements common to F1 as the Wheldon crash.

"In terms of the MotoGP accident, it is much more difficult for me to comment. They were much more extreme circumstances and you are probably looking at detailed safety in those instances rather than broad safety.

"I think with IndyCar you will be looking at the detailed safety and the broader topic of open wheeled cars launching, which of course can happen in any open wheel formula.

"There is a lot to be learned there, and I know everybody in motorsport will work hard to see if we can find better solutions. It will be an open book, about what any of us can learn from what happened."

Brawn reckoned it too early to say whether the design of catch fencing would become a major focus over the forthcoming weeks.

"I know we are due to get presented some reports in the next few meetings, so I would rather wait," said Brawn, when asked about the fencing situation.

"But we will learn whatever we need to learn from the IndyCar incident. If that [fencing] is a factor then for sure F1 will look at it and relax, maybe with fence design and maybe with roll hoop design. I cannot comment because I haven't seen those facts yet." Yahoo Sports

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